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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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Wise Fool

Published by Susan on 08/09/2003 (4034 reads)
It is not good with naked eye...

It is not good with naked eye
Reality to see too nigh, -
    Best be half blind.
It is not well to strain the ear;
The music of the stars to hear,
    And discord find.
It is not wise to be too wise:
In knowledge disillusion lies, -
    Yea, I'm a fool;
But I would rather be a clown
Than college don in cap and gown,
    And campus rule.

Philosopher, with Furrowed brow,
Far happier am I than thou,
    I dare to think.
My mind ferments no evil brew;
The dregs of Freud and Jung I do
    Not care to drink.
Professor, if your asking me
What Relativity may be,
    My lips are dumb;
For theologians no brief
I hold, but hug a fond belief
    In Kingdom Come.

And having such a simple mind,
To take things as they are, I find
    Contentment brings.
So as my humble way I go
I do not know or seek to know
    The source of things.
For my philosophy is this:
A lassie's lips were made to kiss,
    Red wine to drink:
So let's be merry while we may:
'Tis better far to sing and play
    Than think and think
        And think.

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