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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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Facts

Published by Susan on 08/09/2003 (2901 reads)
A lawyer fellow reckoned wise...

A lawyer fellow reckoned wise
    Once said to me: "With proof I deal;
What are not facts I figure lies
    Illusionary and unreal."
Well, to his legal sense, no doubt
    It is a proper point of view:
But I have failed to figure out
    That only what is proved is true.

So to the scientific mind
    The reasoning is much the same.
To beauty's glamour it is blind
    And gives a flower a Latin name:
The stuff of fantasy and dreams
    It qualifies as mental mist:
The world would wiser be, it deems,
    If Keats had been a scientist.

Well, write me down as one who sees
    The glory granted to my sight;
When loveliness so much may please
    Why try to analyse delight?
I do not seek to know the truth
    Since sweet deception satisfies:
To hell with facts and sober sooth,
    God make me drunk with lies!


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