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  Spartan Stories - Rudyard Kipling - The Second Jungle Book 

Category: Rudyard Kipling, Stories, Public Domain, Adventure stories, Savage, India, Jungle, Creatures, Mowgli, The Jungle Book, Short Stories Collection, Novel, Mid Length Novel

Short description The Second Jungle Book is a collection of short story adventure masterpieces. It features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat", "The Undertakers" and "Quiquern", all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. This book is less well-known than the original.
Writers Rudyard Kipling
Names The Second Jungle Book, The Jungle Book 2, The 2nd Jungle Book
Last Update 2010
Age 6+
Series Mowgli, The Jungle Book
Type Adventure stories, Savage, India, Jungle, Creatures
Domain Public Domain
Score unrated
Length Short Stories Collection, Novel, Mid Length Novel
Chapters 1. How Fear Came, 2. The Law of the Jungle, 3. The Miracle of Purun Bhagat, 4. A Song of Kabir, 5. Letting In the Jungle, 6. Mowgli's Song Against People, 7. The Undertakers, 8. A Ripple Song, 9. The King's Ankus, 10. The Song of the Little Hunter, 11. Quiquern, 12. "Angutivaun Taina", 13. Red Dog, 14. Chil's Song, 15. The Spring Running, 16. Chil's Song

The Second Jungle Book

Each even-numbered chapter is a poem related to the preceding chapter's story.

16. Chil's Song

This is the song that Mowgli heard behind him in the Jungle till he came to Messua's door again.


        Baloo

For the sake of him who showed
One wise Frog the Jungle-Road,
Keep the Law the Man-Pack make--
For thy blind old Baloo's sake!
Clean or tainted, hot or stale,
Hold it as it were the Trail,
Through the day and through the night,
Questing neither left nor right.
For the sake of him who loves
Thee beyond all else that moves,
When thy Pack would make thee pain,
Say: "Tabaqui sings again."
When thy Pack would work thee ill,
Say: "Shere Khan is yet to kill."
When the knife is drawn to slay,
Keep the Law and go thy way.
(Root and honey, palm and spathe,
Guard a cub from harm and scathe!)
Wood and Water, Wind and Tree,
Jungle-Favour go with thee!

        Kaa

Anger is the egg of Fear--
Only lidless eyes are clear.
Cobra-poison none may leech.
Even so with Cobra-speech.
Open talk shall call to thee
Strength, whose mate is Courtesy.
Send no lunge beyond thy length;
Lend no rotten bough thy strength.
Gauge thy gape with buck or goat,
Lest thine eye should choke thy throat.
After gorging, wouldst thou sleep?
Look thy den is hid and deep,
Lest a wrong, by thee forgot,
Draw thy killer to the spot.
East and West and North and South,
Wash thy hide and close thy mouth.
(Pit and rift and blue pool-brim,
Middle-Jungle follow him!)
Wood and Water, Wind and Tree,
Jungle-Favour go with thee!

        Bagheera

In the cage my life began;
Well I know the worth of Man.
By the Broken Lock that freed--
Man-cub, 'ware the Man-cub's breed!
Scenting-dew or starlight pale,
Choose no tangled tree-cat trail.
Pack or council, hunt or den,
Cry no truce with Jackal-Men.
Feed them silence when they say:
"Come with us an easy way."
Feed them silence when they seek
Help of thine to hurt the weak.
Make no bandar's boast of skill;
Hold thy peace above the kill.
Let nor call nor song nor sign
Turn thee from thy hunting-line.
(Morning mist or twilight clear,
Serve him, Wardens of the Deer!)
Wood and Water, Wind and Tree,
Jungle-Favour go with thee!

        The Three

On the trail that thou must tread
To the thresholds of our dread,
Where the Flower blossoms red;
Through the nights when thou shalt lie
Prisoned from our Mother-sky,
Hearing us, thy loves, go by;
In the dawns when thou shalt wake
To the toil thou canst not break,
Heartsick for the Jungle's sake:
Wood and Water, Wind and Tree,
Wisdom, Strength, and Courtesy,
Jungle-Favour go with thee!

THE END

Previous Chapter: 15. The Spring Running

Chapters: 1. How Fear Came, 2. The Law of the Jungle, 3. The Miracle of Purun Bhagat, 4. A Song of Kabir, 5. Letting In the Jungle, 6. Mowgli's Song Against People, 7. The Undertakers, 8. A Ripple Song, 9. The King's Ankus, 10. The Song of the Little Hunter, 11. Quiquern, 12. "Angutivaun Taina", 13. Red Dog, 14. Chil's Song, 15. The Spring Running, 16. Chil's Song

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Homer - Iliad Homer - Odyssey Jack London - The Call of the Wild
Jack London - White Fang Robert E. Howard - Lord of Samarcand Robert E. Howard - The Beast from the Abyss
Robert E. Howard - The Bull Dog Breed Robert E. Howard - The Hyena Robert E. Howard - The Valley of the Worm
Rudyard Kipling - In the Rukh Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling - The Second Jungle Book
Virgil - Aeneid

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