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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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Poor Poet

Published by Susan on 08/08/2003 (2253 reads)
'A man should write to please himself...

'A man should write to please himself,'
        He proudly said.
Well, see his poems on the shelf,
        Dusty, unread.

When he came to my shop each day,
        So peaked and cold,
I'd sneak one of his books away
        And say 'twas sold.

And then by chance he looked below,
        And saw a stack
Of his own work,--speechless with woe
        He came not back.

I hate to think he took to drink,
        And passed away;
I have not heard of him a word
        Unto this day.

A man must write to please himself,
        Of all it's true;
But happy they who spurning pelf--
        Please people too.


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