The Kiplings and India: A Collection of Writings from British India, 1870-1900

Appropriate Verses on an Elegant Landscape (Rudyard Kipling)


The fields were upholstered with poppies so red, 
       And black as my hat was each rook; 
And the hedges were bordered, like quilts on a bed
       With the bombazine braid of the brook.  
And I thought to myself, with an auctioneer's smirk, 
       As I gazed on the freehold so rare: 
"Oh Lord, if on Earth these chaste shows are thy work, 
      "Of what is the Kingdom up there?"  

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