KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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of the Downs with the little winds from sea, and the hum of insects in the thyme, comes to the reader. Dudeney, the old shepherd living in a flint village on the bare windy Chalk Down, tells the children to press their faces down and smell the turf:
" That's Southdown thyme which makes our Southdown mutton beyond compare, and, my mother told me, 'twill cure anything except broken necks or hearts, I forget which."
The love of the South Downs is in the old shepherd's blood; he is possessed with what Swinburne has called " the dark unconscious instinct of primitive nature-worship." It is only on this particular soil that the shepherd can breathe freely, and he speaks with contempt of some one who went off to live " among them messy trees in the Weald." The more em­phatically Dan and Una defend the Weald with its brooks, where you can " paddle in hot weather," the more decisively does Dudeney speak of the dangers of brooks flooding, and the trouble which follows—the shifting of the sheep, and " foot-rot afterward." Brooks are treacherous. The Southdown shepherd puts his faith in dew-ponds.
In Kipling's " Weland's Sword " we read how " Dan and Una go out towards the close of one
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