Evil Land

Rudyard Kipling 1865 (Mumbai) – 1936 (London)



We meet in an evil land
That is near to the gates of hell.
I wait for thy command
To serve, to speed or withstand.
And thou sayest, I do not well?

Oh Love, the flowers so red
Are only tongues of flame,
The earth is full of the dead,
The new-killed, restless dead.
There is danger beneath and o'erhead.
And I guard thy gates in fear
Of words thou canst not hear,
Of peril and jeopardy,
Of signs thou canst not see—
And thou sayest 'tis ill that I came?

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAAB CDCCAXXEED
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 459
Words 93
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 5, 10

Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children. more…

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