IF by Rudyard Kipling
Calligraphy Prints

IF, Rudyard Kiplings most beloved poem, was written in 1909, and was first published in 1910 in his collection of children's stories, Rewards and Fairies. It was created as an educational model, offering instruction on the virtues and characteristics of a model public figure. IF has become an inspirational anthem whose popularity endures to this day.

Ink Monkey Press® print, designed by Sherrie Lovler, brings the poem to new heights with rich colors and clear, easy-to-read hand-lettering. The message of this poem makes it an especially fitting graduation present for a young man.

If by Rudyard Kipling

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:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

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:
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;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
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!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
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!

  • If by Kipling close-up 1Close-up of title in a traditional square
  • If by Kipling close-up 2Sample of the clear and even lettering
  • If by Kipling close-up 3Lettered on torn paper with an artistic border

If by Kipling
Calligraphy Prints
See size and framing options here.

This series of hand-lettered prints is beautifully reproduced in a variety of sizes as matted and/or framed prints or poster. Print sizes measure 8"x10" and 11"x14". Frames are dark walnut and come with either dark blue or dark green mats. The poster measures 13"x19" and features a rich-colored border of either dark blue or dark green.

Ink Monkey Press® Prints and Posters

The care Sherrie takes in creating the work is matched with the care she takes in matting and framing. All acid-free mats and backing board are used and the frames are solid wood. The matted prints come packaged in a plastic slip. The framed prints are protected with glass and double boxed, ready to give as a gift to make you proud or to hang on your own wall.

Special Features

  • The original piece is hand lettered calligraphy — not type
  • Designed by an award-winning artist
  • Matted, framed prints and poster sizes
  • 14 different options of sizes, colors and frames
  • Museum quality—will last for generations
  • Mats are acid-free
  • Frames are solid wood
  • Made in California
  • Personally owned and managed business
  • There’s a real and caring person on this end
  • Your satisfaction is our goal