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595. The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling
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Publish-date-icon November 12, 2013
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Rudyard Kipling read by Classic Poetry Aloud

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Giving voice to the poetry of the past.

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The Way Through the Woods
by Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate.
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse's feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods. . . .
But there is no road through the woods.

Reading © Classic Poetry Aloud, 2007.

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