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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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Published by Susan on 08/08/2003 (2759 reads)
Addict of Punch and Judy shows...

Addict of Punch and Judy shows
    I was when I was small;
My kiddy laughter, I suppose,
    Rang louder than them all.
The Judge with banter I would bait,
    The Copper was a wretch;
But oh how I would hiss my hate
           For grim Jack Ketch.

Although a grandsire grey I still
    Love Punch and Judy shows,
And with my toddlers help to fill
    Enthusiastic rows.
How jolly is their mirth to see,
    And what a sigh they fetch,
When Punch begs to be shown and he
           Jerks up Jack Ketch.

Heigh ho! No more I watch the play;
    It is the audience
That gives me my delight today,--
    Such charm of innocence!
Immortal mimes! It seems to me,
    Could I re-live my span,
With gusto I would like to be
           A Punch and Judy Man.

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