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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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Dark Glasses

Published by Susan on 08/08/2003 (2910 reads)
Sweet maiden, why disguise...

Sweet maiden, why disguise
The beauty of your eyes
         With glasses black?
Although I'm well aware
That you are more than fair,
         Allure you lack.
For as I stare at you
I ask if brown or blue
         Your optics are?
But though I cannot see,
I'm sure that each must be
         Bright as a star.

That may be green or grey,
'Tis very hard to say,
         Or violet;
The lovelight in their glow
Alas, I'll never know,
         To my regret.
In some rhyme-book I've read,
A lady bard has said,
         And deemed it true,
Men will not bite the necks
Of sweeties who wear specs,--
         Young man, would you?

But though they balk romance,
Columbus took a chance,
         And so would I;
Even with orbs unseen
I'd fain make you my queen
         And you en-sky.
Alas I see you go,
And I will never know
         Your pupils tint;
So o'er a lonely drink
I force myself to think:
         Damsel, you squint!

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