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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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The Law of Laws

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (3374 reads)
If we could roll back History...

If we could roll back History
       A century, let's say,
And start from there, I'm sure that we
       Would find things as to-day:
In all creation's cosmic range
       No vestige of a change.

Turn back a thousand years, the same
       Unchangement we would view;
Cause and Effect their laws proclaim,
       The truest of the true,
And in life's mechanistic groove
       The Universe would move.

Grim is the grip of the Machine
       And everything we do
Designed implacably has been
       Since earth was virgin new:
We strut our parts as they were writ,--
       That's all there is to it.

Curse on such thinking! let us play
       At Free Will, though we be
The gnatlike creatures of the day,
       The dupes of Destiny . . .
The merle is merry in the may--
       Tomorrow's time to pray.

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