If by Kipling Print and Poster

IF poem was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895, inspired by his friend Dr. Leander Starr Jameson of whose character it speaks. Jameson led a failed British raid against the Boers in South Africa in 1895.  Subsequently imprisoned, Jameson never lost his courage and dignity. This poem is a favorite of millions and is taught in schools worldwide.

If by Kipling Prints

If by Kipling prints are hand-lettered in beautiful calligraphy by artist Sherrie Lovler. They are available in many sizes and colors, matted and framed. All prints are acid-free and designed to last for generations. more about the prints

close-up1Close-up of title
in a traditional square
close-up2Sample of the
clear and even lettering
close-up3Lettered on torn paper with an artistic border

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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!”