My wonderful Aunt La gave me this amazing treasure that has been in my family for years. It is amazing to me how something from so long ago can still be so relevant today.
If for girls...
If you can hear the whispering about you
And never yield to deal in whispers too
If you can bravely smile when loved ones doubt you
An never doubt in turn what loved ones do;
If you can keep a sweet and gentle spirit,
In spite of fame or fortune, rank or place,
And though you win your goal or only near it
Can win with poise or lose with equal grace;
If you can meet Unbelief, believing.
And hallow in your heart a simple Creed;
If you can meet Deception, undeceiving
And learn to look to God for all you need;
If you can be what girls should be to mothers:
Chums in joy and comrades in distress,
And be unto others as you'd have the others
Be unto you -- no more, and yet, no less;
If you can keep within your heart the power
To say that firm, unconquerable "No"
If you can brave a present shadowed hour
Rather than yield to build a future woe;
If you can love, yet not let loving master
But keep yourself within your own self's clasp,
And let not dreaming lead you to disaster
Nor Pitty's fascination loose your grasp;
If you can lock your heart on confidences
Nor ever needlessly in turn confide;
If you can put behind you all presenses
Of mock humility or foolish pride;
If you can keep the simple, homely virtue
Of walking right with God --The have no fear
That anything in all the world can hurt you
And - which is more - you'll be a Woman, dear.