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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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Ascent to Hades

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (4234 reads)
The day I died Will said to me.

Ascent to Hades

The day I died Will said to me:
    "Don't grieve - a few short years
And reunited we will be
    Beyond this vale of tears.
My own dispatch is overdue
    To paradise above:
Full soon I will be linked with you
    In everlasting love."

But Heaven is a lonely place
    When one's love is not there;
And so I begged a moment's space,
    Ghostwise on earth to fare,
That I might see my Will again,
    And still my fond alarms . . .
When lo! I saw him to my pain
    Clasped in another's arms.

Alas! he looked so young and bright,
    His joy was sad to see,
For in his passion and delight
    He had forgotten me.
Knowing that angels may not cry
    I smile and all is well . . .
May he be happy - yet how nigh
    Can Heaven be to Hell!

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