Rudyard Kipling ( )

The Wishing Caps

  (enlarged from Kim)

LIFES all getting and giving,
Ive only myself to give.
What shall I do for a living?
Ive only one life to live.
End it? Ill not find another.
Spend it? But how shall I best?
Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
And Luck may look after the rest!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
Give or hold at your will.
If Ive no care for Fortune
Fortune must follow me still.

Bad Luck, she is never a lady
But the commonest wench on the street,
Shuffling, shabby and shady,
Shameless to pass or meet.
Walk with her onceits a weakness!
Talk to her twiceit's a crime!
Thrust her away when she gives you good day
And the besom wont board you next time.
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
What is Your Ladyships mood?
If Ive no care for Fortune,
My Fortune is bound to be good!

Good Luck she is never a lady
But the cursedest quean alive!
Tricksy, wincing and jady,
Kittle to lead or drive.
Greet hershes hailing a stranger!
Meet hershes busking to leave.
Let her alone for a shrew to the bone,
And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
Ill neither follow nor flee.
If I dont run after Fortune
Fortune must run after me!

Rudyard Kipling's other poems:
  1. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 12. The Threshold
  2. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 5. The Centaurs
  3. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 16. The Supports
  4. Brazilian Verses. 1927. 3. Song of the Dynamo
  5. Angutivaun Taina

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