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:
—An excerpt from IF by Rudyard Kipling, written for his only son John, who died in 1915 on the Western Front. He was only 18.