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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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His Point of View

Published by Webmaster on 07/29/2003 (3590 reads)
It is the fate of man to fight,

His Point of View

It is the fate of man to fight,
It is the doom of man to die.
Let heroes battle for the Right -
I'm just an ordinary guy;
I battle for my daily bread,
I fight for shelter overhead.

You can't expect a bloke to bleed
On foreign soil - or croak at worst.
I have a wife and kids to feed,
And to my thinking they come first:
If it breaks up my home I'm not -
Blast me! a bloody patriot.

For flag and freedom! Common coves
Like us scarce know what freedom means.
That's okay for the High Aboves
Who push us round and grab the beans.
They've got us haltered, muzzled too:
There ain't a thing that we can do.

For home and country! After all
Its just an accident of birth
That makes a Teuton of a Gaul -
We're all made up of common earth;
With common virtues, common sins,
We're all the same beneath our skins.

A fitter in an engine shop
With oily hands is all I am;
And yet I'll toil until I drop
To buy my kids their lick of jam;
And I'm as happy as can be
To tinker with machinery.

And so to me it don't seem right
To send us working stiffs to fight;
When governments get in a mess -
To clean the muck up, more or less. . . .
Thank God I'll soon be fifty for
I'll be too old to die in War.

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