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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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Thankfulness

Published by Susan on 07/30/2003 (2606 reads)
"God is so good to me," I said...

"God is so good to me," I said,
As with the golden dawn I rose.
"How can poor people lie abed
When all the land with gladness glows?"
Then drinking deep of air and wine,
And listing to winged delight,
And gazing wide with eyes ashine
On beauty that bewitched my sight,
I thanked the Lord who granted me
His gift of loveliness to see.

I give thanks for my daily bread
And appetite to savour it,
The cosy roof above my head,
My body marvellously fit.
I give thanks for the sea and sky,
And stars and trees and linnet wings;
I bless the Lord that I am I,
And part of all the sum of things.
I'm thankful for the boon of breath,
And will be to the door of death.

So let me hold the bright belief,
Despite the blight of greying days,
And pain and poverty and grief,
That Gratitude is prayer and praise.
And though I love and cherish them,
Of all the virtuess I possess,
(Alas! too few) - I count the gem,
The crown of all is Thankfulness.
So let my lat lip-falter be:
"Dear God, how you've been good to me!"


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