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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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Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (3624 reads)
What man has not betrayed...

What man has not betrayed
     Some sacred trust?
If haply you are made
     Of honest dust,
Vaunt not of glory due,
     Of triumph won:
Think, think of duties you
     Have left undone.

But if in mercy hope,
     Despite your sin,
The gates of Heaven ope'
     To let you in:
Pray, pray that when God reads
     Your judgement due,
He may forget good deeds
     You did not do.

Omission sins may be
     The bitterest,
And wring in memory
     A heart opprest;
So when sweet pity pleads,
     Let us not rue
Too late, too late Kind Deeds
     We did not do.

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