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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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Finality

Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (2937 reads)
I know a word so sweet of tone

Finality

I know a word so sweet of tone
    It echoes like a silver shell,
Yet is as weary as a moan,
    As desolating as a knell -
                                    "Farewell"

Another tuneful word I know,
    In whose soft cadence   I can never
Feel other than a sense of woe,
    Of hearts forlorn and hands that sever -
                                    "Forever"

And if perchance you link the two
    In sequence of a bitter breath,
And come to learn - unhappy you!
    How loveliness is locked with death,
God help you! May you never know
    The dirge of hope and high endeavour,
That melody weighed down with woe -
                                    "Farewell forever!"


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