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How The Camel Got His Hump ( )

: How The Camel Got His Hump ( )

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: Rudyard Kipling ( )

: Chuck Brown

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: The dangers of being too lazy when theres work to be done ( , ).

: How The Camel Got His Hump.

Now this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump.

In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he was a Howler himself. So he ate sticks and thorns and tamarisks and milkweed and prickles, most scruciating idle; and when anybody spoke to him he said Humph! Just Humph! and no more.

Presently the Horse came to him on Monday morning, with a saddle on his back and a bit in his mouth, and said, Camel, O Camel, come out and trot like the rest of us.

Humph! said the Camel; and the Horse went away and told the Man.

Presently the Dog came to him, with a stick in his mouth, and said, Camel, O Camel, come and fetch and carry like the rest of us.

Humph! said the Camel; and the Dog went away and told the Man.

Presently the Ox came to him, with the yoke on his neck and said, Camel, O Camel, come and plough like the rest of us.

Humph! said the Camel; and the Ox went away and told the Man.

At the end of the day the Man called the Horse and the Dog and the Ox together, and said, Three, O Three, Im very sorry for you (with the world so new-and-all); but that Humph-thing in the Desert cant work, or he would have been here by now, so I am going to leave him alone, and you must work double-time to make up for it.

That made the Three very angry (with the world so new-and-all), and they held a palaver, and an indaba , and a punchayet , and a pow-wow on the edge of the Desert; and the Camel came chewing on milkweed most scruciating idle, and laughed at them. Then he said Humph! and went away again.

Presently there came along the Djinn in charge of All Deserts, rolling in a cloud of dust (Djinns always travel that way because it is Magic), and he stopped to palaver and pow-pow with the Three.

Djinn of All Deserts, said the Horse, is it right for any one to be idle, with the world so new-and-all?

Certainly not, said the Djinn.

Well, said the Horse, theres a thing in the middle of your Howling Desert (and hes a Howler himself) with a long neck and long legs, and he hasnt done a stroke of work since Monday morning. He wont trot.

Whew! said the Djinn, whistling, thats my Camel, for all the gold in Arabia! What does he say about it?

He says Humph! said the Dog; and he wont fetch and carry.

Does he say anything else?

Only Humph!; and he wont plough, said the Ox.

Very good, said the Djinn. Ill humph him if you will kindly wait a minute.

The Djinn rolled himself up in his dust-cloak, and took a bearing across the desert, and found the Camel most scruciatingly idle, looking at his own reflection in a pool of water.

My long and bubbling friend, said the Djinn, whats this I hear of your doing no work, with the world so new-and-all?

Humph! said the Camel.

The Djinn sat down, with his chin in his hand, and began to think a Great Magic, while the Camel looked at his own reflection in the pool of water.

Youve given the Three extra work ever since Monday morning, all on account of your scruciating idleness, said the Djinn; and he went on thinking Magics, with his chin in his hand.

Humph! said the Camel.

I shouldnt say that again if I were you, said the Djinn; you might say it once too often. Bubbles, I want you to work.

And the Camel said Humph! again; but no sooner had he said it than he saw his back, that he was so proud of, puffing up and puffing up into a great big lolloping humph.

Do you see that? said the Djinn. Thats your very own humph that youve brought upon your very own self by not working. To-day is Thursday, and youve done no work since Monday, when the work began. Now you are going to work.

How can I, said the Camel, with this humph on my back?

Thats made a-purpose, said the Djinn, all because you missed those three days. You will be able to work now for three days without eating, because you can live on your humph; and dont you ever say I never did anything for you. Come out of the Desert and go to the Three, and behave. Humph yourself!

And the Camel humphed himself, humph and all, and went away to join the Three. And from that day to this the Camel always wears a humph (we call it hump now, not to hurt his feelings); but he has never yet caught up with the three days that he missed at the beginning of the world, and he has never yet learned how to behave.

The Camels hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do
Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo
If we havent enough to do-oo-oo
We get the hump
Cameelious hump
The hump that is black and blue!
We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
And a snarly-yarly voice
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
At our bath and our boots and our toys
And there ought to be a corner for me
(And I know there is one for you)
When we get the hump
Cameelious hump
The hump that is black and blue!
The cure for this ill is not to sit still
Or frowst with a book by the fire
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also
And dig till you gently perspire
And then you will find that the sun and the wind
And the Djinn of the Garden too
Have lifted the hump
The horrible hump
The hump that is black and blue!
I get it as well as you-oo-oo
If I havent enough to do-oo-oo
We all get hump
Cameelious hump
Kiddies and grown-ups too!
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