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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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A Rusty Nail

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (3470 reads)
I ran a nail into my hand...

I ran a nail into my hand,
      The wound was hard to heal;
So bitter was the pain to stand
      I thought how it would feel,
To have spikes thrust through hands and feet,
      Impaled by hammer beat.

Then hoisted on a cross of oak
      Against the sullen sky,
With all about the jeering follk
      Who joyed to see me die;
Die hardly in insensate heat,
      With bleeding hands and feet.

Yet was it not that day of Fate,
      Of cruelty insane,
Climaxing centuries of hate
      That woke our souls to pain!
And are we not the living seed
      Of those who did the deed!

Of course, with thankful heart I know
      We are not fiends as then;
And in a thousand years or so
      We may be gentle men.
But it has cost a poisoned hand,
      And pain beyond a cry,
To make me strangely understand
      A Cross against the sky.

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