Kiplings poem IF

Discussion in 'Poetry Corner' started by ebocrew, Jul 9, 2008.

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  1. Not sure how many go back this far, but in the 60s/70s there was an SAS version of Kiplings poem 'IF' knocking about.
    Anyone have it?
  2. IF.....

    IF you can pass selection when all about you
    Are failing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can run up the Fan when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can walt and not be tired by walting,
    Or being beasted about, don't deal in beastings,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can drink - and not make drink your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Blair and Bush
    And treat those two twats just the same;
    If you can listen to Bear Grylls about survival
    Use your knife to make a trap for food,
    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 explosives
    And risk it on one length of safety fuse,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your cock up;
    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 cocks and keep your cool,
    ' 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!

    We are the pilgrims oh master and always we go a little further.
  3. Hmmmm! That was about it; allowing for changes in 'tom speak' since the 60s. I seem to remember a line 'if neither we nor Pen-y-fan deter you'

    Tks anyway. bought back lots of memories of trogging the Cumberland fells.