of the Sea"
When the hot weather comesThe death of his much-loved elder daughter Josephine in 1899 from influenza was a personal tragedy yet to come.
Baby will die...
[Early Verse by Rudyard Kipling, ed. Rutherford, p. 230]
The deathbed observances here referred to belong to Yorkshire and other parts of the North Country. At the moment of death windows and doors are thrown wide open and strict silence is maintained so that nothing shall hinder the flight of the soul. Before death neighbours come into the death-chamber to pray. This observance is called `The Passing.' The most famous of the passing songs is a quaintly beautiful hymn, usually called the Lyke-Wake Dirge, one stanza of which runs:A bell was rung when a person was in extremis, to scare away evil spirits which might have beeen lurking ready to snatch the soul while passing from the body.
If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon, Every night and alle,
Sit thee down and put them on; And Christe receive thy saule.'
...’E’ll strain an’ listen an’ peer[Verse 15]
An’ give the first alarm—
For the sake o’ the breathin’ ’e’s used to ’ear
An’ the ’ead on the thick of ’is arm.