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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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Cruise De Luxe

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3203 reads)
Though bliss it be to grandly roam

Cruise De Luxe

Though bliss it be to grandly roam
                        In foreign land or sea,
The joy of joys is coming home
                        To domesticity;
And with content to settle down
                        From travel wear and tear,
With slippers, pipe and dressing-gown
                        In snug arm-chair.

When you have climbed the Pyramid,
                        Admired the Taj Mahal,
Beheld a bull-fight in madrid,
                        Gondoled the Grand Canal,
How gleeful seems the garden patch
                        With blooms of bonny hue!
How Towser , when you lift the latch,
                        Leaps up to you!

You've drank gin-slings in Singapore,
                        Loafed on the souks of Fez,
Sun-bathed on Capri's silver shore,
                        And scaled the heights of Eze,
For travel education is,
                        And how you see and learn . . .
But oh! The climax of your bliss
                        Is your return!

Aye, you may comb the blessed earth
                        And roam the seven seas,
But when beside the quiet hearth
                        You cull your memories,
Then with the books and friends you love,
                        You'll find in peace and rest,
The end of travel is to prove
                        THAT HOME IS BEST.

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