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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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The Music Makers

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3606 reads)
We have a dago painter in

The Music Makers

We have a dago painter in
Who carols all day long;
Above the traffic's muted din
I hear his sunny song.
So if I had to work by hand
Instead of with my nob,
I'd like to be a painter and
To warble on the job.

Our plumber, though lethargic , has
A lyric gift, perhaps;
For arias he whistles as
He tinkers at my taps.
The trills he has at his command
No frozen pipe can irk:
I'd love to be a plumber and
make music as I work.

It helps a lot, with throat or lip
In life's contentious coil
To make a pretty partnership
Of melody and toil.
The times are grim, so here's to him
Who does not gripe or shirk,
But gaily tries to harmonize
The joy he has in work.

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