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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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Courage

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (2714 reads)
In the shadow of the grave...

In the shadow of the grave
       I will be brave;
I'll smile,--I know I will
       E'er I be still;
Because I will not smile
       So long a while.

But I'll be sad, I fear,
       And shed a tear,
For those I love and leave
       My loss to grieve:
'Tis just their grief I'll grieve,
       Believe, believe.

Not for myself I care
       As forth I fare;
But for those left behind
       Wae is my mind
Knowing how they will miss
       My careless kiss.

Oh I'll be brave when I
       Shall come to die;
With courage I will quaff
       The Cup and laugh,
Aye, even mock at Death
       With failing breath.

It is not those who go
       Who suffer woe;
But stricken ones who bide
       By cold bedside:
God comfort you who keep
       Watch by my sleep!


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