Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

Gunga Din -- Rudyard Kipling

A few notes: Since there are a lot of Hindi phrases in today's poem, I've
left the translations alongside rather than put them in the Notes at the
end. *word* is used in place of italics. 'Din' is roughly pronounced Dheen.
The transliterations aren't my fault :)
(Poem #1127) Gunga Din
 You may talk o' gin and beer
 When you're quartered safe out 'ere,
 An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it;
 But when it comes to slaughter
 You will do your work on water,
 An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it.
 Now in Injia's sunny clime,
 Where I used to spend my time
 A-servin' of 'Er Majesty the Queen,
 Of all them blackfaced crew
 The finest man I knew
 Was our regimental *bhisti*, Gunga Din.                     [water carrier]

   He was "Din! Din! Din!
   You limpin' lump o' brick-dust, Gunga Din!
       Hi! slippery *hitherao*!
       Water, get it!  *Panee lao*!                   [bring water swiftly]
   You squidgy-nosed old idol, Gunga Din."

 The uniform 'e wore
 Was nothin' much before,
 An' rather less than 'arf o' that be'ind,
 For a piece o' twisty rag
 An' a goatskin water-bag
 Was all the field-equipment 'e could find.
 When the sweatin' troop-train lay
 In a sidin' through the day,
 Where the 'eat would make your bloomin' eyebrows crawl,
 We shouted "*Harry By!*"         [Mr. Atkins's equivalent for "O brother."]
 Till our throats were bricky-dry,
 Then we wopped 'im 'cause 'e couldn't serve us all.

   It was "Din! Din! Din!
   You 'eathen, where the mischief 'ave you been?
       You put some *juldee* in it                               [be quick]
       Or I'll *marrow* you this minute                           [hit you]
   If you don't fill up my helmet, Gunga Din!"

 'E would dot an' carry one
 Till the longest day was done;
 An' 'e didn't seem to know the use o' fear.
 If we charged or broke or cut,
 You could bet your bloomin' nut,
 'E'd be waitin' fifty paces right flank rear.
 With 'is *mussick* on 'is back,                               [water-skin]
 'E would skip with our attack,
 An' watch us till the bugles made "Retire",
 An' for all 'is dirty 'ide
 'E was white, clear white, inside
 When 'e went to tend the wounded under fire!

   It was "Din! Din! Din!"
   With the bullets kickin' dust-spots on the green.
       When the cartridges ran out,
       You could hear the front-files shout,
   "Hi! ammunition-mules an' Gunga Din!"

 I shan't forgit the night
 When I dropped be'ind the fight
 With a bullet where my belt-plate should 'a' been.
 I was chokin' mad with thirst,
 An' the man that spied me first
 Was our good old grinnin', gruntin' Gunga Din.
 'E lifted up my 'ead,
 An' he plugged me where I bled,
 An' 'e guv me 'arf-a-pint o' water-green:
 It was crawlin' and it stunk,
 But of all the drinks I've drunk,
 I'm gratefullest to one from Gunga Din.

   It was "Din! Din! Din!
   'Ere's a beggar with a bullet through 'is spleen;
       'E's chawin' up the ground,
       An' 'e's kickin' all around:
   For Gawd's sake git the water, Gunga Din!"

 'E carried me away
 To where a dooli lay,
 An' a bullet come an' drilled the beggar clean.
 'E put me safe inside,
 An' just before 'e died,
 "I 'ope you liked your drink", sez Gunga Din.
 So I'll meet 'im later on
 At the place where 'e is gone --
 Where it's always double drill and no canteen;
 'E'll be squattin' on the coals
 Givin' drink to poor damned souls,
 An' I'll get a swig in hell from Gunga Din!

   Yes, Din! Din! Din!
   You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din!
       Though I've belted you and flayed you,
       By the livin' Gawd that made you,
   You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
-- Rudyard Kipling
Today's poem has received perhaps the highest accolade possible - the phrase
"you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din" has passed into the language
complete with variants of the form "you're a $fooer $bar than I am, Gunga
Din". This is, of course, mostly due to the perfect cadence of the last line
- it's an irresistibly quotable phrase once you've heard it, for reasons
that have nothing to do with the rest of the poem.

Quite apart from that, though, this is very justly one of Kipling's best
known pieces. In a body of poems dealing with the plight of Thomas Atkins, an
ordinary man doing a thankless job in a war he didn't care about, Gunga Din
stands out as perhaps Kipling's most memorable hero. His status as a
noncombatant makes the tale at once more heroic and more tragic, and his
rough treatment at the hands of the regiment invests him with all the pathos
an age-old literary tradition can be made to yield - but over and above that,
there is the very Kiplingesque touch of presenting his story from a
soldier's point of view, and that makes a significant difference.

What we get, almost without realising it, is not just the story of Gunga
Din, but the story of Din's relationship with the regiment he served - a
relationship far more complex than the "harsh masters and mistreated but
nobly loyal servant" situation that lines like

 Then we wopped 'im 'cause 'e couldn't serve us all.

might lead one to assume. This is a crucial point, because if you do not
allow a measure of genuine love - or perhaps a mutual *belonging* is more to
the point - between Din and the regiment, the final line comes across as
nothing more than a pretty and somewhat patronising statement.

As for the theme, I won't repeat my remarks on what makes a good narrative
poem; suffice it to say that Gunga Din satisfies the criteria in full
measure.

martin

Links:

  Translations from Gutenberg, via http://penn.betatesters.com/kipling.htm

  Theme: [broken link] http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/collections/58.html

  There was a movie loosely based on the poem:
    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunga_Din

74 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

Suresh Ramasubramanian said...

On Sat, 2002-12-14 at 05:46, Martin Julian DeMello wrote:

> Quite apart from that, though, this is very justly one of Kipling's best
> known pieces. In a body of poems dealing with the plight of Thomas Atkins, an

Just a minor nitpick - while Tommy Atkins is a generic name for any
random brit soldier, I haven't seen that species referred to as "Thomas
Atkins" anywhere except the name on the sample "I want to join the
british army" application form that gave rise to this term.

suresh

Martin Alexander said...

Hi Martin,

Thanks for Gunga Din, who is more famous in Hong Kong for the eponymous
restaurant than for the poem which rests unread in the dim light on the
wall. As befits an ex-Ghurkha who has served regiments and now serves
excellent food, the current incarnation is a better man than most of his
clients.

Great site, great poems.

Martin

John Shaffer said...

Does anyone know what, where, who, is Aldershot? Sounds like a place
name but what's the reference?

Gordon C. Galland DEEM Controls Inc said...

Kipling's soldierly tribute to a good man - blackfaced or no - carries more weight than an entire library's worth of
Politically-Correct ass-crawling...

Gordon C. Galland

Hall Robert (X05) said...

I don't know when this question was posted, but here is an answer.

Aldershot was the training base for the British Army. The speaker of the
poem is relating his story of service in India. As all veterans he is
telling the new recruits how tough it will be. I guess "penny fights" to be
training exercises.

Robert Hall

Harold said...

In the line,(To where a dooli lay), what does dooli mean? I can't
seem to find it anywhere. Thanks.

Lucina Dippel said...

I learned this poem from my father over 70 years ago but had never seen the entire poem in
print before. you have done me a great service. Speaking of "service" the poems of Robert
Service were also taught to me verbally by my father. They have a similar fascinetion for meThanks,thanks,thanks.

f.lute (Frank Leuthold) said...

Friends, united by an appreciation of Kipling, consider doing as I am doing and "incarnating" Kipling for kids in schools. A guy or geezer can have a barrel of fun and do good in the world as a Kipling--cf Fahrenheit 451. Loving you all. P.S.: Kipling appears in so many forms, loving grandpa ("Oh best beloved" worked in five times in four minutes), militarist, anti-militarist ("Recessional" and his letter to the Kaiser asking help in finding John), aesthete and philosopher ("When Earth's last picture...") that I submit that he shows us what it is to be human as much as anyone. Do you see it the same way? Again, love. F.lute

Anonymous said...

A doolie is a stetcher that can be pulled by one person; used in battle to "carry" a wounded soldier to a medical tent.

Penis Enlargement said...

I am thoroughly convinced in this said post. I am currently searching for ways in which I could enhance my knowledge in this said topic you have posted here. It does help me a lot knowing that you have shared this information here freely. I love the way the people here interact and shared their opinions too. I would love to track your future posts pertaining to the said topic we are able to read.

cheap maxocum sperm pills said...

Now this is more like it, i mean the words are carefully picked out and reflects the deepest emotions of a man.

Vimax penis growth pills said...

I don't like this type of poetry is very dull.

Duramale fix premature climax pills said...

It's a seriously long poem, I managed to finish it somehow. but i am happy that I did.

Provillus hair loss treatment review said...

I know a bit....it is a stetcher that can be pulled by one person which is specially used in battle to "carry" a wounded soldier to a medical tent....nice post...

Sizegenetics penis traction device said...

rudyard is really an experienced costumer, i really like the effort..

Anonymous said...

Krikie, if KFPCP considers "Gunga Din" a "seriously long poem," what's The Iliad, or Paradise Lost?

This Kipling classic is only five stanzas, with an evolving chorus. It tells a vivid story, with a succinctly depicted relationship between two characters, and some self-discovery in a final line that echoes through the ages.

Perhaps in the 21st century, only haiku can suit the attention span. Only stuff that fits thrice on a small cell-phone screen....

Ideas de negocios said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, but I am firmly convinced of this and love to learn more about the subject. If possible, acquire knowledge, would you update your blog with more information? It is very helpful to me

Anonymous said...

canada goose coats sale online Denmark Canada, UK,
goose trillium parka jackets womens online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
goose freestyle vest sale online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Goose Chilliwack Bomber online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Mens Citadel coats online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Expedition Parka sale online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
canada goose snow mantra parka Jackets online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Yorkville Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Womens Chilliwack Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Womens Expedition Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
Canada Goose Womens Kensington Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
womens Goose Montebello Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK,
womens Goose Solaris Parka online sale Denmark Canada, UK.

sanjayadashd said...

In a body of poems dealing with the plight of Thomas Atkins, an
ordinary man doing a thankless job in a war he didn't care about, Gunga Din
stands out as perhaps Kipling's most memorable hero....know more

Anonymous said...

Admiring the persistence you put into your
website and detailed information you offer. It's nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same
old rehashed material. Wonderful read! I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to
my Google account.

Take a look at my web blog ... tao of badass joshua pellicer pdf

Anonymous said...

I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
good. I don't know who you are but certainly you're going to a famous blogger if you are
not already ;) Cheers!

Look into my web blog :: tao of badass tricks

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Its really remarkable paragraph,
I have got much clear idea about from this paragraph.

Here is my page - joshua pellicer the tao of badass pdf

Anonymous said...

Kipling was compulsory reading in school. I hated it back then. I read this again after several years and a lump stuck in my throat as I read it. Here's a guy who's treating somebody very badly and the other person shows him love. Such a great lesson for the troubled world of today.

polo outlet said...

http://www.superbagsmarket.com/
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/louis-vuitton-bags-c-1.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/hermes-bags-c-2.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/prada-bags-c-3.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/chanel-bags-c-4.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/gucci-bags-c-5.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/burberry-bags-c-6.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/celine-bags-c-7.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/balenciaga-bags-c-8.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/christian-dior-bags-c-9.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/chloe-bags-c-10.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bvlgari-bags-c-11.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bally-bags-c-12.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/coach-bags-c-13.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/michael-kors-bags-c-14.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/mcm-bags-c-15.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/fendi-bags-c-16.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/mulberry-bags-c-17.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/marc-jacobs-bags-c-18.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/miu-miu-bags-c-19.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/ysl-bags-c-20.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/tory-burch-bags-c-21.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/givenchy-bags-c-22.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/ferragamo-bags-c-23.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/lancel-bags-c-24.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/loewe-bags-c-25.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/tods-bags-c-26.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/paul-smith-bags-c-27.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/dg-bags-c-28.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/alexander-wang-bags-c-29.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bottega-veneta-bags-c-30.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/specials.html
http://www.guccishoesuk-2014.com/
http://www.polo-ralphlaurenonline.com/
http://www.michael-korsmas.com/
http://www.thebeatsbydre.net/
http://www.northsclearance.com/
http://www.michaelkorsstates.com/
http://www.ralph-laurenhome.com/
http://www.polo-outletstore.com/
http://www.oakleysunglassesfactory.com/
http://www.canada-gooser.com/
http://www.monsterbeatsbydres.com/
http://www.michaelkors.so/
http://www.burbagssale2014.com/
http://www.salongchamppairs.com/
http://www.newcoachfactoryoutlet.com/
http://www.north-faceoutletonlines.net/
http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/
http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/
http://www.coachxfactory.com/
http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/
http://www.mcmworldwides.com/
http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/
http://www.nike-jordanshoes.com/
http://www.moncler-clearance.com/

William Smith said...

The article posted was very informative and useful. You people are doing a great job. Bhutan Travel | CHILD EDUCATION LAW | Keep going.

alatsex terbaru said...

saya suka bisa datang berkunjungi ke sini, dan mohon ijin sberbagi info tentang toko alat bantu, yg jual alat sex, alat bantu sex pria, alat bantu sex wanita.

Anonymous said...

good
obat kemaluan lelaki bernanah
obat untuk kemaluan lelaki bernanah
obat kemaluan lelaki yang bernanah
pengobatan kemaluan lelaki bernanah
pengobatan untuk kemaluan lelaki bernanah
obat alami sembuhkan ambeien
obat yang alami sembuhkan ambeien
obat alami ambeien
obat yang alami untuk ambeien
obat alami untuk sembuhkan ambeien
obat ambeyen atau wasir berdarah
obat ambeyen dan wasir berdarah
obat ambeyen berdarah
obat wasir berdarah
pengobatan ambeyen atau wasir berdarah
pengobatan kutil kelamin pria
obat kutil kelamin pria
pengobatan alami kutil kelamin pria
pengobatan tradisional kutil kelamin pria
pengobatan ampuh kutil kelamin pria
pengobatan kutil kelamin dengan de nature
obat kutil kelamin dengan de nature
pengobatan alami kutil kelamin dengan de nature
pengobatan ampuh kutil kelamin dengan de nature
pengobatan tradisional kutil kelamin dengan de nature
pengobatan kutil kelamin pada wanita
pengobatan alami kutil kelamin pada wanita
obat kutil kelamin pada wanita
pengobatan untuk kutil kelamin pada wanita
pengobatan ampuh kutil kelamin pada wanita
obat menghilangkan kutil kelamin
obat untuk menghilangkan kutil kelamin
pengobatan untuk menghilangkan kutil kelamin
obat menghilangkan kutil
obat ampuh menghilangkan kutil kelamin
cara menghilangkan kutil kelamin
cara menghilangkan kutil
obat untuk menghilangkan kutil kelamin
cara menghilangkan kutil kelamin alami
cara ampuh menghilangkan kutil kelamin
cara menghilangkan kutil kelamin secara alami
cara menghilangkan kutil kelamin
cara tradisional menghilangkan kutil kelamin secara alami
obat penghilang kutil kelamin
menghilangkan kutil kelamin secara alami

Grabbest Team said...
This comment has been removed by the author.

Lina Kesepian said...

thanks for the information, I wait for other information ,

Berikut kami akan membahas tentang bagai mana cara memperbesar penis atau Pembesar Penis Alat Vital Pria dengan hasil cepat dan aman tanpa operasi.
jika anda ingin memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat,aman tanpa operasi itu mudah anda bisa pilih produk Pembesar Penis terbaik no.1 dengan salah satu Obat Pembesar Penis herbal alami
seperti :
Vimax Asli | Good Man Usa | Neosize Xl | Obat Vimax |
Obat Good Man | Ciri Vimax Asli | Neosize Xl Asli | Vimax Original |
Obat Neosize Xl | Vimax Canada | Ciri Vimax Canada |

jika anda riskan konsumsi Obat Pembesar Penis anda bisa pilih jalan lain seperti metode trapi ( pemakaian luar ) kami juga punya solusinya anda harus punya Alat Pembesar Penis sejenis Vimax Extender Asli atau Pro Extender Asli

Sekarang anda bisa tau rahasia cara memperbesar penis dengan aman tanpa operasi.selamat mencoba.
greetings from us Obat Kuat

Lina Kesepian said...

kini kami akan bahas tentang kesehatan dan kecantikan perawatan tubuh maupun pengobatan secara alami :

Berikut : obat peninggi badan

Berikut : obat pembesar payudara

Berikut : cara merontokan bulu permanen

Berikut : obat pelangsing badan

Berikut : obat penggemuk badan

Berikut : Obat penyubur seperma

Berikut : penis bendera

Berikut : Alat Pembesar Payudara

Berikut : Obat Kuat Viagra

Berikut : Obat perangsang wanita

Berikut : alat bantu sex pria

Berikut : alat bantu sex wanita

Berikut : boneka full body

Berikut : Oil pembesar penis

Berikut : Celana Hernia

Berikut : Obat Hernia

Berikut : Obat Kuat Sex Pria

TERIMA KASIH

Obat Herbal said...

Seberat apapun beban masalah yang kamu hadapi saat ini, percayalah bahwa semua itu tidak pernah melebihi batas kemampuan kamu.

Anonymous said...

good
Menghilangkan Infeksi Kutil Di Kelamin Wanita
Cara Menghilangkan Infeksi Kutil Di Kelamin
Cara Alami Menghilangkan Infeksi Kutil Di Kelamin Wanita
Cara Ampuh Menghilangkan Infeksi Kutil Di Kelamin Wanita
Menghilangkan Kutil Di Sekitar Kelamin Wanita
Cara Menghilangkan Kutil Sekitar Kelamin Wanita
Cara Ampuh Menghilangkan Kutil Di Sekitar Kelamin Wanita
Cara Alami Menghilangkan Kutil Di Sekitar Kelamin Wanita
Menghilangkan Kutil Di Area Kelamin Wanita
Cara Menghilangkan Kutil Di Area Kelamin
Cara Alami Menghilangkan Kutil Di Area Kelamin Wanita
Cara Ampuh Menghilangkan Kutil Di Area Kelamin Wanita
Menghilangkan Kutil Di Daerah Kelamin Wanita
Cara Menghilangkan Kutil Di Daerah Kelamin
Cara Ampuh Menghilangkan Kutil Di Daerah Kelamin Wanita
Cara Herbal Menghilangkan Kutil Di Daerah Kelamin Wanita
Cara Cepat Untuk Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Yang Cepat Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Sakit Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Penyakit Kanker Payudara
Cara Mengatasi Kanker Payudara Parah
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Untuk Mengatasi Kanker Payudara Parah
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Sakit Kanker Payudara Parah
Cara Mengatasi Kanker Payudara Tanpa Operasi
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Kanker Payudara Tanpa Harus Operasi
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Untuk Mengatasi Kanker Payudara Tanpa Operasi
Cara Mengatasi Penyakit Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Untuk Mengatasi Penyakit Kanker Payudara
Mengatasi Penyakit Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Untuk Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Alami Mengatasi Benjolan Kanker Payudara
Mengatasi Benjolan Kanker Payudara
Cara Cepat Mengatasi Kanker Payudara
Cara Alami Mengatasi Benjolan Kanker Payudara

herbaldenature said...

Cara mengobati benjolan wasir secara alami__Jika anda sering berganti-ganti posisi duduk dengan alasan merasakan ada yang tidak nyaman di bagian dubur sebaiknya anda perlu waspada karena ada kemungkinan anda menderita ambeien. Perasaan ada yang mengganjal di bagian dubur sehingga mengakibatkan anda merasa tidak nyaman dan merasa perlu merubah terus posisi duduknya memang merupakan salah satu gejala penyakit yang dikenal juga sebagai penyakit wasir untuk segera obati dengan http://raylife.biz/cara-mengobati-ambeien-tradisional

Obat kutil di kemaluan dari denature sangat ampuh menghilangkan kutil kelamnin, tentu saja kita agak seram membayangkan hal ini jika terjadi pada kita, tapi setidaknya cara ini memang terbaik karena dilakuka dengan bersih dan efisien. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjunghttp://theymayhavebeenheroes.org/obat-kutil-kelamin-tanpa-operasi.html



obat kemaluan keluar nanahDan kondisi ini dapat semakin parah dan kemudian menimbulkan berbagai macam komplikasi seperti peradangan sendi dan infeksi jantung. Hal yang seperti ini dapat dicegah dengan mengenali gejala awalnya, sehingga penyakit ini tidak bertambah parah. untuk cara pemesanana silahkan kunjungwebsite ini

Post a Comment