Benjamin Franklin King Poems

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Benjamin Franklin King

the song of the dead
Hear now the Song of the Dead -- in the North by the torn berg-edges --
They that look still to... [read poem]
the young british soldier
When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast... [read poem]
thunder at night
Drop, drop, splash, splash,
A vivid flash
That rends the dark asunder;

Jus... [read poem]
if i should die
If I should die to-night
And you should come to my cold corpse and say,
Weeping an... [read poem]
outsong in the jungle
[Baloo:] For the sake of him who showed
One wise Frog the Jungle-Road,
Keep the Law the Ma... [read poem]
the flowers
To our private taste, there is always something a little exotic,
almost artificial, in songs wh... [read poem]
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If y... [read poem]
the buddha at kamakura
"And there is a Japanese idol at Kamakura"

O ye who tread the Narrow Way
By Tophet-f... [read poem]
the song of the little hunter
Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry,
Ere Chil the Kite swoops down a furlon... [read poem]
night-song in the jungle
Now Chil the Kite brings home the night
That Mang the Bat sets free.
The herds are shu... [read poem]
the centipede
I've often watched you, centipede,
And I can't think however
You manage those long rows of... [read poem]
the sergeant's weddin'
'E was warned agin' 'er --
That's what made 'im look;
She was warned agin' 'im --
T... [read poem]
Wolf has turned to house-dog,
Tiger-cat tom kitty,
Timid horse to charger,
Or drayhor... [read poem]
the conundrum of the workshops
When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold,
Our father Adam sat under... [read poem]
the way through the woods
They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it ag... [read poem]
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful h... [read poem]
the last of the light brigade
There were thirty million English who talked of England's might,
There were twenty broken troop... [read poem]
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-... [read poem]
the sea and the hills
Who hath desired the Sea? -- the sight of salt water unbounded --
The heave and the halt and th... [read poem]
the ballad of east and west
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand pr... [read poem]
the woodlouse
The woodlouse looks as if he were
A mediæval knight,
Who's found it wiser not to... [read poem]
gunga din
You may talk o' gin and beer
When you're quartered safe out 'ere,
An' you're sent to penny... [read poem]
a pict song
Rome never looks where she treads.
Always her heavy hooves fall
On our stomachs, our hea... [read poem]
the old issue
"Here is nothing new nor aught unproven," say the Trumpets,
"Many feet have worn it and the... [read poem]
to a kaffir baby
Kaffir baby, Kaffir baby,
Going to the kraal,
Are you really comfortable
Hang... [read poem]
harp song of the dane women
What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with th... [read poem]
the palace
When I was a King and a Mason -- a Master proven and skilled --
I cleared me ground for a Palac... [read poem]
the plea of the simla dancers
Too late, alas! the song
To remedy the wrong; --
The rooms are taken from us, swept an... [read poem]
the anvil
England's on the anvil -- hear the hammers ring --
Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne!
N... [read poem]
the explorer
"There's no sense in going further -- it's the edge of cultivation,"
So they said, and I bel... [read poem]

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