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take it like a man
Posted by: Amy Mershon (---.client.insightBB.com)
Date: July 18, 2004 04:52PM

I am looking for a poem that I only know one line that repeats throughout the poem and it is somehting like

so when failure stuns you don't forget your plan just grit your teeth and take it like a man

Any help??

Re: take it like a man
Posted by: Henry (213.78.105.---)
Date: July 18, 2004 05:29PM

I'll suggest If---- by Rudyard Kipling.

And----which is more----you'll be a Man, my son!

It was published in Rewards and Fairies after the story Brother Square-Toes.

My keyboard can't reproduce the punctuation!

Re: take it like a man
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l3.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: July 19, 2004 03:00AM

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Re: take it like a man
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: July 19, 2004 11:10AM

No repeated line in 'If', though.

Re: take it like a man
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-05rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: July 19, 2004 12:54PM

Prolly not this one either, but I will toss it out there anyway:


Re: take it like a man
Posted by: Amy Mershon (---.client.insightBB.com)
Date: July 20, 2004 06:05PM

Thanks for the suggestions, but so far no luck. I am trying to find it for my dad he has been looking for this poem I guess he heard it growing up and has been looking for it for a while.

My mom just passed away in October and he is having a hard time with death as is our whole family. I think he just wants the poem as encouragement since it says when failure stuns you don't forget the plan.

Any more suggestions would be appreciated, I'll keep looking.

Re: take it like a man
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: July 21, 2004 04:57AM

Carry On by Robert Service, sounds like the right sort of thing, but I can't find the words you quote in it:

It's easy to fight when everything's right,
And you're mad with the thrill and the glory;
It's easy to cheer when victory's near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It's a different song when everything's wrong.
When you're feeling infernally mortal;
When it's ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle;

Carry on! Carry on!
There isn't much punch in your blow.
You're glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You're muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
Carry on! Carry on!
You haven't the ghost of a show.
It's looking like death, but while you've a breath,
Carry on, my son! Carry on!

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It's easy to fight when you're winning;
It's easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there's the man of God's choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven's own height
Is the man who can fight when he's losing.

Carry on! Carry on!
Things never were looking so black.
But show that you haven't a cowardly streak,
And though you're unlucky you never are weak.
Carry on! Carry on!
Brace up for another attack.
It's looking like hell, but -- you never can tell:
Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the deserts of doubt,
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labour with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there's the real sunshine of living.

Carry on! Carry on!
Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
There's big work to do, and that's why you are here.
Carry on! Carry on!
Let the world be better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry:
Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

Others in similar vein, and getting less likely as they go down the post are:

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think that you dare not, you don't,
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It is almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world you'll find
Success begins in a fellow's will -
It's all in the state of mind.
Full many a race is lost,
Before ever a step is run.
And many a coward fails,
Before his work's begun.
Think big, and your deeds will rise.
Think small, and you'll fall behind.
Think that you can, and you will.
It is all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise;
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the fellow who thinks he can.

Walter D. Wintle

When things go wrong,as they sometimes will.
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low,and the debts are high.
And you want to smile,but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must,but don't you quit.

Life is strange with it's twist and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow.
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst
That you must not quit.

New Year Resolve
As the dead year is clasped by a dead December,
So let your dead sins with your dead days lie.
A new life is yours and a new hope. Remember
We build our own ladders to climb to the sky.

Stand out in the sunlight of promise, forgetting
Whatever the past held of sorrow and wrong.
We waste half our strength in a useless regretting;
We sit by old tombs in the dark too long.

Have you missed in your aim? Well, the mark is still shining.
Did you faint in the race? Well, take breath for the next.
Did the clouds drive you back? But see yonder their lining.
Were you tempted and fell? Let it serve for a text.

As each year hurries by, let it join that procession
Of skeleton shapes that march down to the past,
While you take your place in the line of progression,
With your eyes to the heavens, your face to the blast.

I tell you the future can hold no terrors
For any sad soul while the stars revolve,
If he will stand firm on the grave of his errors,
And instead of regretting--resolve, resolve!

It is never too late to begin rebuilding,
Though all into ruins your life seems hurled;
For see! how the light of the New Year is gilding
The wan, worn face of the bruised old world.

Re: take it like a man
Posted by: vic jefferies (---.tech2u.com.au)
Date: July 22, 2004 01:39AM

Though it does not contain the line you have quoted Robert W Service's The Qitter is a poem that also espouses the same ideal.

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