Thursday, October 23, 2008


For my own dear Sarah...

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 all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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 (1865)


Sarah Jane said...

This is a favorite poem of mine! I hope Sarah is feeling better - I should not have liked to know my doctors name was Dr. Fear until WELL after the procedure was over!

I recently went to a Dr. whose last name was Mustard. . .

Eleree said...


Emily, I am ashamed, but I have never read that poem. It is so, so, so amazing. I think I will hang it on my wall. :)

Forgive me for neglecting you so sorely, not commenting, not replying to U2U's, but thinking about you all the time!:) Goodness!

Much love,


Anne said...

Here I am again! This poem has been passed down to all the men in my family for several generations. My brother read it at my father's funeral. I love this.