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If…

18 October 2015

If you can light a fire with soggy matches
While standing in a steady stream of rain,
And see it fizzle out before it catches,
And hold your tongue, and light the thing again;

If you can fix a brew for all your brothers
When they are in their blankets, warm and dry,
And rather you get wet than all the others,
And laugh when you are tired enough to cry;

If you can tie a knot that never fails you,
And trust it, if the worst comes to the worst,
To save your life when nothing else awaits you,
But put the other fellow’s safety first;

If you can give first aid to those who need it,
And treat for shock when you are shaken too,
And though you suffer badly, never heed it,
Until you’ve done the best that you can do.

If you can go on working when you’re weary,
And go on singing till your throat is dry;
If you can meet with sadness, and be cheery,
And when you fail, just have another try;

If you can trust your friends and those about you,
And yet forgive them if they should forget,
And though the whole world sometimes seems to doubt you,
Be loyal to the task which you are set;

If you don’t put yourself before the others,
And never your Patrol before your Troop;
If you salute all races as your brothers,
In one united, universal group;

If you can see the aim, and help to win it,
And never falter till the job is done:
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Scout, my son!

Attributed to M Hill