Sunday, June 7, 2009

Something Beautiful for Sunday

"If ' by Rudyard Kipling

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!


  1. I have never read that and it speaks Volumes! It's rich, deep, and beautiful! It is also thought-provoking! I like that! Thanks for the Sunday blessing!

  2. Also not familiar with this one, but love it; very powerful.

  3. I am a southern girl too with a southern drawl living in Oregon.

  4. Hey Mops, I have linked your blog under "Finding God in Other People" on my blog. You can click on "God is in everything we do. Let me know if you wish for me to change the name or remove it.

    I just want people to know that God is in everything and your posts always shows that!

  5. What a beautiful poem! It is so inspiring...thank you for sharing this...I'm telling you, I have hardly any need for books these days with all of you helpful bloggers...

  6. So happy to meet you and will enjoy your blog. It's so encouraging to find "like minded" friends. Thank you for the wonderful poetry too!

  7. Oh, I do love this. I love it. Thanks so much for posting it.


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