Traffics and Discoveries

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TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES

By Rudyard Kipling

CONTENTS

from the Masjid-al-Aqsa of Sayyid Ahmed(Wahabi)

THE CAPTIVE

Poseidon’S Law

THE BONDS OF DISCIPLINE

The Runners

A SAHIBS’ WAR

The Wet Litany

“THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS”—PART I.
“THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS”—PART II.

The King’s Task

THE COMPREHENSION OF PRIVATE COOPER

The Necessitarian

STEAM TACTICS

Kaspar’s Song in “Varda”

“WIRELESS”

Song of the Old Guard

THE ARMY OF A DREAM—PART I.
THE ARMY OF A DREAM—PART II.

The Return of the Children

“THEY”

From Lyden’s “Irenius

MRS. BATHURST

Our Fathers Also

BELOW THE MILL DAM

THE CAPTIVE

FROM THE MASJID-AL-AQSA OF SAYYID AHMED (WAHABI)

  Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining

  He answered his name at the muster and stood to the chaining.

  When the twin anklets were nipped on the leg-bars that held them,

  He brotherly greeted the armourers stooping to weld them.

  Ere the sad dust of the marshalled feet of the chain-gang swallowed him,

  Observing him nobly at ease, I alighted and followed him.

  Thus we had speech by the way, but not touching his sorrow

  Rather his red Yesterday and his regal To-morrow,

  Wherein he statelily moved to the clink of his chains unregarded,

  Nowise abashed but contented to drink of the potion awarded.

  Saluting aloofly his Fate, he made swift with his story;

  And the words of his mouth were as slaves spreading carpets of glory

  Embroidered with names of the Djinns—a miraculous weaving—

  But the cool and perspicuous eye overbore unbelieving.

  So I submitted myself to the limits of rapture—

  Bound by this man we had bound, amid captives his capture—

  Till he returned me to earth and the visions departed;

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