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The Sea and the Hills -- Rudyard Kipling

       
(Poem #29) The Sea and the Hills
Who hath desired the Sea? -- the sight of salt water unbounded --
The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing --
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing --
His Sea in no showing the same  his Sea and the same 'neath each showing:
           His Sea as she slackens or thrills?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills!

Who hath desired the Sea? -- the immense and contemptuous surges?
The shudder, the stumble, the swerve, as the star-stabbing bow-sprit emerges?
The orderly clouds of the Trades, the ridged, roaring sapphire thereunder --
Unheralded cliff-haunting flaws and the headsail's low-volleying thunder --
His Sea in no wonder the same  his Sea and the same through each wonder:
          His Sea as she rages or stills?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her menaces swift as her mercies?
The in-rolling walls of the fog and the silver-winged breeze that disperses?
The unstable mined berg going South and the calvings and groans that declare it --
White water half-guessed overside and the moon breaking timely to bare it --
His Sea as his fathers have dared -- his Sea as his children shall dare it:
          His Sea as she serves him or kills?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her excellent loneliness rather
Than forecourts of kings, and her outermost pits than the streets where men gather
Inland, among dust, under trees -- inland where the slayer may slay him --
Inland, out of reach of her arms, and the bosom whereon he must lay him
His Sea from the first that betrayed -- at the last that shall never betray him:
          His Sea that his being fulfils?
So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills.
-- Rudyard Kipling
Another wonderful poem by Kipling, and one that makes an interesting
contrast with Masefield's 'Sea Fever'. What both these poems are remarkable
for is the seamless integration of form and content; the way the words and
images are reinforced and enhanced by the rhythms of the poem. Masefield's
sea is an inviting one - playful and capricious, but not dangerous; whereas
here the overwhelming impression is one of ominous, brooding power, ready to
erupt into fury. And, of course, what would have been a beautiful sea poem
in its own right is only enhanced by the unexpected comparison at the end -
"So and no otherwise -- so and no otherwise -- hillmen desire their Hills."

For Biography and Criticism see the previous Kipling poem; as for a somewhat
different view on 'who hath desired the sea' I quote Gilbert and Sullivan:

  To lay aloft in a howling breeze
  May tickle a landsman's taste,
  But the happiest hour a sailor sees
  Is when he's down
  At an inland town,
  With his Nancy on his knees, yeo ho!
  And his arm around her waist!

        -- W.S. Gilbert
           The Mikado

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