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Untitled [You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old]

You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old, 
Or your head will be sunk by your heels; 
And summer gales and Killer Whales 
   Are bad for baby seals. 
Are bad for baby seals, dear rat, 
   As bad as bad can be. 
But splash and grow strong, 
And you can't be wrong, 
   Child of the Open Sea!

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling is best known for his novels The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, and Kim, and his most famous poem, "If".

Date Published: 1901-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/untitled-you-mustnt-swim-till-youre-six-weeks-old