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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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An Architect

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (2771 reads)
Said I: "I'll build in airy rhyme."

An Architect

Said I: "I'll build in airy rhyme."
Said he: "I'll build in stone  and steel."
And so for fifty years of time
I watched the film of life unreel,
And put my findings into books
That had their day of shallow fame,
While he with approbative looks
                Payed tribute to my name.

But when I'm dead his stones will stand,
His steel for ages will endure;
His dreams are anchored in the land,
His immortality is sure.
For while his rhymes on rock are built,
His poems in grey granite soar,
My mansions have their feet in silt,
                My sculpings are no more.

Now near the pay-off of my days,
I envy you, my boyhood friend.
As your creations greet my gaze
I know you triumph in the end.
So let be build a stye of stone,
Aye, sweaty mason let me be;
And see my hope in it alone -
                Of immortality.


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