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Ginny Chae Translation

Page history last edited by Kyuhee (Ginny) Chae 11 years, 8 months ago

If, 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:

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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:

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If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath 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!"

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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!

 

 


 

 

Homo-Linguistic Translation

When everyone around you is losing control

you remain calm despite being accused for the chaos,

Despite what others say you stay convicted in

your beliefs

although you take into consideration others’ suspicions and reservations,

You know how to remain patient and endure,

and don’t give in to lying when others are lying about you,

and don’t become hateful when others hate you,

but you remain humble in all manners:

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You have goals and ambition⎯

but you don’t allow them to rule your life.

You solve problems with your mind⎯ but on unrealistic thinking

you don't waste your time;

You are not afraid to succeed or fail trying

nor are you fazed by the consequences of each;

You tolerate listening to your words

after they have been warped by ignorant people,

And can watch your goals and ideals,

destroyed,

but start over from the beginning with

experience:

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You could amass all of your achievements

and gamble it on a single game,

lose, and redo everything from the start

but never talk of the defeat;

You know how to summon passion, courage, and

strength

to guide you even after you’ve been dispirited,

so that when you don’t have anything left

your self-strength will cause these characteristics to

reemerge

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You know how to relate with common people but remain

noble,

but also join the ranks of the elite and retain your

humility,

Allies and enemies alike cannot penetrate your independent strength:

And everyone follows you with moderation.

You fill your life and deal with death

by accomplishing all you can while you can,

And by doing so you rule your world,

and can call yourself a man.

 

 

*I added the dashes between the stanzas because when I posted the page it got rid of the spaces between the stanzas.

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