The Second Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

A Ripple Song

Once a ripple came to land

In the golden sunset burning —

Lapped against a maiden’s hand,

By the ford returning.

Dainty foot and gentle breast —

Here, across, be glad and rest.

“Maiden, wait,” the ripple saith.

“Wait awhile, for I am Death!”

“Where my lover calls I go —

Shame it were to treat him coldly —

’Twas a fish that circled so,

Turning over boldly.”

Dainty foot and tender heart,

Wait the loaded ferry-cart.

“Wait, ah, wait!” the ripple saith;

“Maiden, wait, for I am Death!”

“When my lover calls I haste —

Dame Disdain was never wedded!”

Ripple-ripple round her waist,

Clear the current eddied.

Foolish heart and faithful hand,

Little feet that touched no land.

Far away the ripple sped,

Ripple — ripple — running red!

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Last updated Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 20:38