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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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Nature Man

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (6013 reads)
The happiest man I ever knew

Nature Man

The happiest man I ever knew
    was scarcely clad at all;
He had no bath like me and you,
    But owned a waterfall.
And every sunrise he would wade
    The streamlet silver bright,
To stand beneath the clear cascade
                        With sheer delight.

The happiest man I ever knew
    Lived in a forest glide;
His hut of palm-leaf and bamboo
    With his own hands he made.
And for his breakfast he would pick
    A bread-fruit from the tree,
Or lobster he would gaily flick
                        From out the sea.

The happiest man I ever knew
    Could barely read or write,
But beer from honey he could brew
    To get drunk every night.
He had no wife as I'm aware,
    Nor any bastard brat,
But lived a life without a care,
                        With laughter fat.

The happiest man I ever knew
    Was innocent of rent;
Low labour he would scorn to do
    And never owned a cent.
But he would strum an old guitar
    And sing a sultry song,
Innocent as children are
                        Of right and wrong.

The happiest man I ever knew
    Recked not of government;
His wants were simple and so few
    His life was pure content.
And as I thole this rancid mart,
    In which I plot and plan,
How glad I'd be with all my heart,
                    That happy man.


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