The Beginning of the Armadilloes (Poem by Rudyard Kipling)

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The Beginning of the Armadilloes
By Rudyard Kipling


I've never sailed the Amazon,
    I've never reached Brazil;
But the Don and Magdalena,
    They can go there when they will!

         Yes, weekly from Southampton,
         Great steamers, white and gold,
         Go rolling down to Rio
         (Roll down — roll down to Rio!).
         And I'd like to roll to Rio
         Some day before I'm old!

I've never seen a Jaguar,
    Nor yet an Armadill — 
O dilloing in his armour,
    And I s'pose I never will,

         Unless I go to Rio
         These wonders to behold — 
         Roll down — roll down to Rio — 
         Roll really down to Rio!
         Oh, I'd love to roll to Rio
         Some day before I'm old!

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