IF

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;

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Ode

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

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The Cold Within

Six humans trapped by happenstance,
In bleak and bitter cold,
Each one possessed a stick of wood,
Or so the story's told.

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Abu Ben Adhem

Abu Ben Adam (may his tribe increase)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace

And saw, within the moonlight of his room
Making it rich, like a lily in bloom

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Forgive Me When I Whine

Today upon a bus, I saw
A lovely maid with golden hair;
I envied her—she seemed so gay—
And oh, I wished I were so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle;
She had one foot and wore a crutch,
But as she passed, a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two feet—the world is mine.

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Judge Ye Not

I dreamed that death came the other night
And heaven's gate swung wide.
With kindly grace an angel
Ushered me inside.

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