Mowgli’s Brothers

NowRanntheKitebringshomethenight

ThatMangtheBatsetsfree

Theherdsareshutinbyreandhut

Forloosedtilldawnarewe.

Thisisthehourofprideandpower,

Talonandtushandclaw.

Oh,hearthecall!Goodhuntingall

ThatkeeptheJungleLaw!

Night-SongintheJungle

Itwasseveno’clockofaverywarmeveningintheSeeoneehillswhenFatherWolfwokeupfromhisday’srest,scratchedhimself,yawned,andspreadouthispawsoneaftertheothertogetridofthesleepyfeelingintheirtips.MotherWolflaywithherbiggraynosedroppedacrossherfourtumbling,squealingcubs,andthemoonshoneintothemouthofthecavewheretheyalllived.“Augrh!”saidFatherWolf.“Itistimetohuntagain.”Hewasgoingtospringdownhillwhenalittleshadowwithabushytailcrossedthethresholdandwhined:“Goodluckgowithyou,OChiefoftheWolves.Andgoodluckandstrongwhiteteethgowithnoblechildrenthattheymayneverforgetthehungryinthisworld.”

ItwasthejackalTabaqui,theDish-lickerandthewolvesofIndiadespiseTabaquibecauseherunsaboutmakingmischief,andtellingtales,andeatingragsandpiecesofleatherfromthevillagerubbish-heaps.Buttheyareafraidofhimtoo,becauseTabaqui,morethananyoneelseinthejungle,isapttogomad,andthenheforgetsthathewaseverafraidofanyone,andrunsthroughtheforestbitingeverythinginhisway.EventhetigerrunsandhideswhenlittleTabaquigoesmad,formadnessisthemostdisgracefulthingthatcanovertakeawildcreature.

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