The Wishing-Caps


 Life's all getting and giving,
 I've only myself to give.
 What shall I do for a living?
 I've only one life to live.
 End it? I'll not find another.
 Spend it? But how shall I best?
 Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
 And Luck may look after the rest!
 Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
 Give or hold at your will.
 If I've no care for Fortune,
 Fortune must follow me still.

 Bad Luck, she is never a lady
 But the commonest wench on the street,
 Shuffling, shabby and shady,
 Shameless to pass or meet.
 Walk with her once, it's a weakness!
 Talk to her twice. It's a crime!
 Thrust her away when she gives you "good day"
 And the besom won't board you next time.
 Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
 What is Your Ladyship's mood?
 If I have no care for Fortune,
 My Fortune is bound to be good!

 Good Luck she is never a lady 
 But the cursedest quean alive!
 Tricksy, wincing and jady,
 Kittle to lead or drive.
 Greet her, she's hailing a stranger!
 Meet her, she's busking to leave.
 Let her alone for a shrew to the bone,
 And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve!
 Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!
 I'll neither follow nor flee.
 If I don't run after Fortune,
 Fortune must run after me!


facebook share button twitter share button google plus share button tumblr share button reddit share button email share button share on pinterest pinterest

Create a library and add your favorite stories. Get started by clicking the "Add" button.
Add The Wishing-Caps to your own personal library.

Return to the Rudyard Kipling Home Page, or . . . Read the next poem; The Young British Soldier

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson