in The Jungle"
…the magnificent Morning-song in the Jungle, with every turn, and flourish, and grace-note that a deep-mouthed wolf of the Pack knows.Background
My first impression is of daybreak, light and colour and golden and purple fruits at the level of my shoulder. This would be the memory of early morning walks to the Bombay fruit-market with my ayah... (nurse)... my fortunate hour would be on the turn of sunrise...Elsewhere he writes often of the early morning, as in this lyrical passage from "The Prophet and the Country" (Debits and Credits p. 199):
Daylight was just on the heels of dawn, with the sun following. The icy blackness of the Great North Road banded itself with smoking mists that changed from solid pearl to writhing opal as they lifted above hedge-row level. The dew-wet leaves of the upper branches turned suddenly into diamond facets, and that wind which runs before the actual upheaval of the sun, swept out of the fragrant lands to the East and touched my cheek – as many times it touched it before, on the edge, or at the ends, of incomceivable experiences.“The Dawn Wind” begins:
At two o’clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen,And “Mandalay” has the Burmese dawn coming up '...like thunder…'
You will hear the feet of the wind that is going to call the sun.
Then we went to London and stayed for some weeks in a tiny lodging-house in the semi-rural Brompton Road, kept by an ivory-faced, lordly-whiskered ex-butler and his patient wife. Here, for the first time, it happened that the night got into my head. I rose up and wandered about that still house till daybreak, when I slipped out into the little brick-walled garden and saw the dawn break...And in Chapter III (p. 53):
Often the night got into my head as it had done in the boarding-house in the Brompton Road, and I would wander till dawn in all manner of odd places - liquor-shops, gambling-and opium-dens, which are not a bit mysterious, wayside entertainments such as puppet-shows, native dances; or in and about the narrow gullies under the Mosque of Wazir Khan. ……..For a possible source of "Letting in the Jungle", see KJ144/12 which has 'Extracts from Sir Andrew Fraser's "Among Indian Rajahs and Ryots for the devastation caused by elephants” '.