I Keep Six Honest Serving Men ...


"I Keep Six Honest Serving Men ..."

I keep six honest serving-men
   (They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
   And How and Where and Who.

I send them over land and sea,
   I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
   I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
   For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
   For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
   I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
   Who get no rest at all!

She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
   From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
   And seven million Whys!


この詩は,キップリング(Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936)により書かれたものです。
「Just So Stories」の中の「The Elephant's Child」の末尾の一節です。
冒頭の4行がよく引き合いに出されますが,
それ以降は,あまり知られていません。
「The Elephant's Child」(海外サイト)

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