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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 Defeated

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (3699 reads)
Think not because you raise...

Think not because you raise
        A gleaming sword,
That you will win to praise
        Before the Lord.

And though men hail you great
        Unto the skies,
Deem not 'twill ope' the gate
        Of Paradise.

Though you have gold and gear
        And fame and power,
What odds when you draw near
        The Judgement Hour?

But if in bloody dust
        Yet unafraid
You battle for the Just
        With broken blade--

Then will the Lord look down
        With eyes of love,
And you shall win a Crown
        All price above.

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