Chapter of Proverbs, Rudyard Kipling

1. The wind bloweth where it

listeth, and after the same

manner in every country.

Be not puffed up with a

breath (of it)

2. Of a portion set aside a

portion or ever the days

come when thou shalt see

there is no work in them

3. For he that hath not must

serve him that hath; even

to the peril of the soul

4. Take the wage for thy work

in silver and (it may be)

gold; but accept not honours

nor any great gifts

5. Is ye ox yoked till men have

need of him; or the camel

belled while yet she is free?

And wouldst thou be eved

with these?

6. Pledge no writing till it is

written; and seek not

payment on (any) account

the matter shall be

remembered against thee.”

“7. There is a generation which

selleth dung in the street

and saith: “To the pure all

things are pure.”

8. But count (thou) on the one

hand how may be so minded;

and after write according

to thy knowledge.

9. Because not all evil beareth

fruit in a day; and it may

be some shall curse thy

grave for the iniquity of

thy works in their youth

10. The fool brayeth in his

heart there is no God;

therefore his imaginings

are terribly returned on

him; and that without interpreter

11. Get skill, and when thou

has it, forget; lest the

bird on her nest mock thee,

and He that is Highest

look down

12. Get knowledge; it shall

not burst thee; and amass

under thy hand a peculiar

treasure of words:

13. As a King heapeth him

jewels to bestow or cast

aside; or being alone in

his palace, fortifieth

himself beholding (them).

14. So near as thou canst, open

not thy whole mind to

any man.

15. The bounds of his craft are

appointed to each from of

old; they shall not be known

to the cup-mates or the


“16. For three things my heart

is disquieted; and for four

that I cannot bear:

17. For a woman who esteemeth

”“herself a man; and a man

that delighteth in her


18. For people whose young

men are cut off by the

sword; and for the soul

that regardeth not these


19. In three things, yea and

in four, is the metal of

the workman made plain:

20. In excessive labour; in

continual sloth; in long

waiting; and in the day

of triumph.

21. There is one glory of the

sun and another of the

moon and a third of the

stars: yet are all these

appointed for the glory

of the earth which alone

hath no light.

22. Hold not back (any) part

of a price.

23. Despise no man even in thy

heart; for the custom of

it shall make thy works of

none effect

24. Use not overmuch to

frequent the schools of

the scribes; for idols are

there and (all) the paths

return upon themselves.

25. Envy no man’s work nor

deliver judgement upon

it in the gate, for the end

is bitterness.

26. Consider now those blind

worms of the deep which

fence themselves about as

it were with stone against

their fellows;

27. And reaching the

intolerable light of the

sun straightway[…]”

“ sun straightway perish

leaving but their tombs;

28. By those whose mere multitude

the sea is presently stayed;

the tide itself divideth

at that place.

29. Small waves after storm

laying there seeds, nuts

and the bodies of fish,

(at last) an island ariseth

crowned with palms; thither

the sea-birds repair.

30. Till man coming taketh

all to his use and hath no

memory of aught below

(his feet)

31. Out of the dust which

had life come all things

and shalt thou be other

than they?

32. Nevertheless, my son, dare

thou greatly to believe.


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