“If”

By | 2018-11-01T05:58:57+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: Gryphen's Corner|Tags: , |3 Comments

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!

Rudyard Kipling

A beautiful poem, and one of my favorites. 

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3 Comments

  1. 6-6-6 November 1, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Nearly 1,500 readers replied, from every state BUT Alaska and Vermont.

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    “Young evangelicals are questioning the typical ties between evangelicalism and Republican politics. Many said it had caused schisms within their families. And many described a real struggle with an administration they see as hostile to immigrants, Muslims, L.G.B.T.Q. people, and the poor. They feel it reflects a loss of humanity, which conflicts with their spiritual call.” “Plenty of young evangelicals believe Mr. Trump has helped to achieve their biggest goals, like curbing ABORTION rights and advancing religious liberties.”
    “The six young evangelicals featured here, all deeply involved in their churches, offer the textured sound of the rising evangelical voice in America, one that is often drowned out by white elders.”

  2. anon November 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    nice. thx gryph

  3. Paul November 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this. Somehow I’ve never read the whole poem before. Now I need to read it over and over.

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