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What does "serve your turn" means here?

I do understand the general meaning, but I'm looking for a proper translation.

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"!








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IFEmotion: thinking

To do your job long after you're exhausted, (your heart and nerve and sinew are gone)

(when it's your turn to carry the load)
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Yes, that is correct.
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are you sure about that?
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Any writings should be cystal clear even to a layman. But Rudyard Kipling's lyric is not like that. His words are confusing. One's feelings may be great, but it should be expressed in a simple way.
AnonymousAny writings should be cystal clear even to a layman. But Rudyard Kipling's lyric is not like that. His words are confusing.
Oh dear! If you think Kipling is difficult, wait until you get to Eliot, Pound, cummings, and Stein.
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And don't forget Faulkner in the prose department.

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I would think it means "to do what you want them to do"...in other words, to accomplish your already-planned objectives.
I'd consider
To do your duty
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