The Jungle Books

By Rudyard Kipling; W. W. Robson | Go to book overview

APPENDIX A
IN THE RUKH*

The Only Son lay down again and dreamed that he dreamed a dream.

The last ash dropped from the dying fire with the click of a falling spark,

And the Only Son woke up again and called across the dark:-

'Now, was I born of womankind and laid in a mother's breast?

For I have dreamed of a shaggy hide whereon I went to rest. And was I born of womankind and laid on a father's arm? For I have dreamed of long white teeth that guarded me from harm.

Oh, was I born of womankind and did I play alone?

For I have dreamed of playmates twain that bit me to the bone.

And did I break the barley bread and steep it in the tyre?*

For I have dreamed of a youngling kid new riven from the byre.

An hour it lacks and an hour it lacks to the rising of the moon --

But I can see the black roof-beams as plain as it were noon!

'Tis a league and a league to the Lena Falls where the trooping sambhur* go,

But I can hear the little fawn that bleats behind the doe!

'Tis a league and a league to the Lena Falls where the crop and the upland meet,

But I can smell the warm wet wind that whispers through the wheat!'

The Only Son

Of the wheels of public service that turn under the Indian Government, there is none more important than the Department of Woods and Forests. The reboisement* of all India is in its hands; or will be when Government has the money to spend. Its servants wrestle with wandering sand-torrents and shifting dunes: wattling them at the sides, damming them in front, and pegging them down atop with coarse grass and spindling pine after the rules of Nancy.* They are responsible for all the timber

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Table of contents

  • Contents ii
  • Title Page iii
  • The Jungle Books vi
  • Introduction xii
  • Select Bibliography xxxv
  • A Chronology of Kipling's Life and Works xxxviii
  • The Jungle Book xliii
  • Preface xlv
  • Mowgli's Brothers 1
  • Kaa's Hunting 22
  • Tiger! Tiger! 48
  • The White Seal 67
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi 87
  • Toomai of the Elephants 104
  • Her Majesty's Servants 125
  • The Second Jungle Book 145
  • Contents 147
  • How Fear Came 149
  • The Miracle of Purun Bhagat 168
  • Letting in the Jungle 183
  • The Undertakers 212
  • The King's Ankus 235
  • Quiquern 254
  • Red Dog 278
  • The Spring Running 303
  • Appendix A - In the Rukh 326
  • Appendix B - Ye Dare Not Look Him Between the Eyes' (the Jungle Book, P. II) 350
  • Explanatory Notes First Jungle Book 352
  • Explanatory Notes Second Jungle Book 362
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