The Elephant's Child (Poem by Rudyard Kipling)

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The Elephant's Child
By Rudyard Kipling


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!

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