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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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Old Sam

Published by Susan on 08/10/2003 (3447 reads)
Said Sam: "it don't sum up to sense...

Said Sam: "it don't sum up to sense
    That honest folk should arm and arm
And claim it's just in self-defense
    And none would do the other harm.
If no one's going to attack
    Why should we figger fighting back?"

"but anyway, it's daft to fight,
    Even for fatherland to fend;
Aye, though the cause be wrong or right
    War's just plain murder in the end.
And even in his country's need
    No lad should be compelled to bleed."

"And men of human conscience should
    Abolish frontiers everywhere;
And in the name of Brotherhood
    Of nationality beware;
I thank the Lord that I am not,"
    Said Sam, "a bloody patriot."

"Just let us have a common tongue,
    No barriers beneath the sun;
Freedom from fear for old and young,
    Their share of joy for everyone;
A common flag of faith unfurled,
    One hope, one dream, one race, ONE WORLD."


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