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  • 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 imposters 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 of 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,

  • So hold on when there is nothing in you

  • Except the Will which say 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!

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A2 US doubting allowance lose heap virtue blaming

If By Rudyard Kipling | Poetry Reading | Text

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    Isla Fisher posted on 2020/03/23
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