Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

Gunga Din was published in 1892 in the first series of Kipling's 'Barrack-Room Ballads'.

Spoken from a private British soldier's perspective of the time it concerns the realisation of the true stature of a despised and put upon orderly. It is based on a real individual. These poems are meant to be read in an emphatic cockney accent. Imitators of cockney in the Dick Van Dyke tradition will be summarily shot.

'E carried me away 
To where a dooli lay,   
'E put me safe inside, 
An' just before 'e died,
"I 'ope you liked your drink," sez Gunga Din. 
So I'll meet 'im later on 
At the place where 'e is gone -
Where it's always double drill and no canteen; 
'E'll be squattin' on the coals
Givin' drink to poor damned souls,
An' I'll get a swig in Hell from Gunga Din!
Yes, Din! Din! Din!
You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din!
Though I've belted you and flayed you
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

Rudyard Kipling