poet Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

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If

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,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream- -and not make dreams your master;
If you can think- -and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on! '

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings- -nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And- -which is more- -you'll be a Man, my son!

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016

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    John A: your child-man Donny boy is far to narcissistic to accept the final line of the opening stanza: " And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; "
    But you selected the wrong bible verse:

    Beware of false prophets,
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    Matthew 7: 15

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    It's the best advice for anyone anywhere!

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    Didn't realize links get truncated here. Was just trying to add this poem being recited... Oh, well... It's on YouTube and the end of the URL: watch? v=qR2V3SKVjlo (no spaces)

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    John A seems to miss the meaning of " twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, "

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