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|These notes are based on those written by Donald Mackenzie for the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS edition of Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies (1995) with the kind permission of Oxford University Press. Except where stated otherwise, the page numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Puck of Pook's Hill (1906, and frequently reprinted since). We have added some further notes by Philip Holberton on the poem "A British-Roman Song".||
(1) Kipling exaggerates the height(probably about eighteen feet against Kipling's thirty) and width of Hadrian's Wall. The latter marked the line of the frontier and was not designed as a defensive fortification.
`Why does the world, whose prosperity is fleeting,
battle for vain glory?
Its power slips away as swiftly
as the potter's fragile vessels [are broken].
Where has Caesar gone, lofty in sway?
Or Dives, all splendid at the feast?
Say where is Tullius...'