Rudyard Kipling ( )

Limits and Renewals. 1932. 16. Song of Seventy Horses

      "The Miracle of Saint Jubanus"

ONCE again the Steamer at Calaisthe tackles
Easing the car-trays on to the quay. Release her!
Sign-refill, and let me away with my horses
(Seventy Thundering Horses!)
Slow through the traffic, my horses! It is enoughit is France
Whether the throat-closing brick fields by Lille, or her pavées
Endlessly ending in rain between beet and tobacco;
Or that wind we shave bythe brutal North-Easter,
Rasping the newly dunged Somme.
(Into your collars, my horses!) It is enoughit is France!

Whether the dappled Argonne, the cloud-shadows packing
Either horizon with ghosts; or exquisite, carven
Villages hewn from the cliff, the torrents behind them
Feeding their never-quenched lights.
(Look to your footing, my horses!) It is enoughit is France!

Whether that gale where Biscay jammed in the corner
Herds and heads her seas at the Landes, but defeated
Bellowing smokes along Spain, till the uttermost headlands
Make themselves dance in the mist.
(Breathebreathe deeply, my horses!) It is enoughit is France!

Whether the broken, honey-hued, honey-combed limestone
Cream under white-hot sun; the rosemary bee-bloom
Sleepily noisy at noon and, somewhere to Southward,
Sleepily noisy, the Sea.
(Tes, it is warm here, my horses!) It is enoughit is France

Whether the Massif in Spring, the multiplied lacets
Hampered by slips or drifts; the gentians, under
Turbaned snow, pushing up the heaven of Summer
Though the stark moors lie black.
(Neigh through the icicled tunnels;) It is enoughit is France! 

Rudyard Kipling's other poems:
  1. The First Chantey
  2. ˸ The Last of the Light Brigade
  3. Barrack-Room Ballads. 32. Bill Awkins
  4. A History of England. 1911. 10. The King's Job
  5. Limits and Renewals. 1932. 12. The Threshold

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