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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 07/30/2003 (4716 reads)
They said to me: "Thou shalt not kill...

They said to me: "Thou shalt not kill,"
   And well I understood.
"Thy brother's blood thou shalt not spill,"
   They spake, and it was good.
And then I could not understand,
   Yet had to do their will;
Cold steel they put into my hand,
   Saying: "Go forth and kill.

"Go forth with rage of race and slay;
   Pile up the corpses for
What's murder called in Peace - alway
   Is hollowed in war.
The Church has blest your bloody blade,
   The which in peace is cursed;
So go forth, son, all unafraid,
   And do your bloody worst."

What's wrong in Peace in War is right,
   So I will do their will,
And bear me bravely in the fight,
   And kill and kill and kill.....
Yet as I brave the battle test
   With dripping sword in hand,
Proving me equal with the best....
   Christ, help me understand!

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