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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IF: POEM (EXCERPT) BY RUDYARD KIPLING FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL

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 to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise... If you can talk with crowds and walk with virtue, Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds 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 great poet indeed; full of meaning and substance!)

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