If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
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My father just passed and would tell me the first part of this poem when i was a hot headed teen. I looked the peom up and was so surprised it was what i needed to hear. This poem fit my dad to a T
HMS Ganges RN Boys training School Shotley, Had this poem painted on the Gym main hall wall, Many times have I read this poem With the other thousands of Ratings under training A poem I will always admire and never forget
If only more Fathers raised their sons in this vein... I do believe David and Solomon would have backed these as wise sayings good and true. Kipling knew how to get his point across and do it with style not a self-righteous smirk.
It's an old favorite especially among MPs they love the line about 'keeping your head '. It reaches for a perfection of character which is almost beyond reach for mere mortals. What a stark contrast between this poem and Ganga Din