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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.
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The Trail of No Return

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (3625 reads)
So now I take a bitter road...

So now I take a bitter road
        Whereon no bourne I see,
And wearily I lift the load
        That once I bore with glee.
For me no more by sea or shore
        Adventure's star shall burn,
As I forsake wild ways to take
        The Trail of No Return.

Such paths of peril I have trod:
        In sun and shade they lay.
And some went wistfully to God,
        And some the devil's way.
But there is one I may not shun,
        Though long my life's sojourn:
A dawn will break when I must take
        The Trail of No Return.

Farewell to friends, good-bye to foes,
        Adieu to smile or frown;
My voyaging is nigh its close,
        And dark is drifting down.
With weary feet my way I beat,
        Yet holy light discern . . .
So let me take without heart-break
        The Trail of No Return.

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