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,SPL_Poster_If_Rudyard_Kipling
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 wornout 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,Kipling e Eu
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!

Fonte: KIPLING, Rudyard. (1865-1936). “Poems of Rudyard Kipling”. Random House, N.Jersey, 1995. pág.13/14. Para ler o poema em Português, siga este link.
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Romancista e poeta inglês, Rudyard Kipling nasceu em 1865, em Bombaím, na Índia colonial, filho de um professor de Artes e Ofícios e da cunhada do pintor Edward Burne-Jones, Kipling foi educado por uma aia indiana, que lhe ensinou, pela magia das histórias de encantar, a língua Hindu mesmo antes do Inglês em que viria escrever.
Quando contava seis anos de idade, foi levado pelos seus pais para Inglaterra, que o deixaram, por cinco anos, aos cuidados de um internato em Southsea. O autor, desacostumado das punições físicas tradicionais inglesas, viria mais tarde a exprimir o seu desgosto pelo tratamento em várias partes da sua obra, em particular na sua autobiografia, publicada em 1937”…
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