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TOASTING FATHERHOOD:

Our Fortitude  /  Our Foundation  /  Often Our Best Friend


"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!"

(Rudyard Kipling, "If...")


A Fine and Large Silver Quaich, c1912-15

"By descent through the Kipling family"

engraved beneath the rim with the last verse from

Rudyard Kipling's 1911 poem "Big Steamers"

regarding the much needed transit of large merchant ships

during the early years of World War I .

According to the family, this bowl was commissioned by Rudyard Kipling

as a gift to his only son John, who was killed shortly thereafter,

in September 1915, serving in the Royal Army at the Battle of Loos...

only six weeks after his eighteenth birthday.

Such was a father's passion for his son that Kipling conducted a "harrowing 4-year search",

with lingering hopes of finding young John yet alive.

There was no definitive resolution.

TO FORTITUDE :

"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!'"


TO OUR FOUNDATIONS :

"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch"

(A Georgian Silver-Mounted Leather Black Jack Tankard, 6" High)


TO FRIENDSHIP :

"If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much"

(A Georgian Silver-Mounted Leather Black Jack Tankard, 8" High)


TO THAT FRAGILITY BENEATH (we daughters being most 'aware') :

"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"

(Early George II Balustroid Cordial Glass, c1730, 5.5" High)


Excerpts above from "If...", Rudyard Kipling, 1895

The Portrait, by John Collier, 1891, National Trust, England

"If…", a poem by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936),

was written c1895 and first published in "Rewards and Fairies" in 1910.

It was inspired by the military actions of Leander Starr Jameson,

leader of the failed raid against the Transvaal Republic in the First Boer War.

 

The poem was also written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's only son, John,

who was killed at only 18, during the Battle of Loos, World War I.

 

Many of us recall committing the poem to memory -

somewhere in our education -

and holding it still as a continuing

standard of courage, grace and "aspirations" within our lives.


 

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'Toasting Fatherhood' ; M. Ford Creech Antiques