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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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The Learner

Published by Susan on 08/01/2003 (3006 reads)
I've learned--Of all the friends I've won...

I've learned --Of all the friends I've won
           Dame Nature is the best,
And to her like a child I run
           Craving her mother breast
To comfort me in soul distress,
           And in green glade to find
Far from the world's unloveliness
           Pure peace of mind.

I've learned --the worth of simple ways,
           And though I've loved to roam,
I know the glow of hearth ablaze,
           The bliss of coming home.
I'd rather wear old clothes than new,
           I'd rather walk than drive,
And as my wants are oh so few
           I joy to be alive.

I've learned --that happiness is all,
           A sweetness of the mind;
And would you purge your heart of gall,--
           Try being kind.
Then when some weaker one you aid,
           Believe it true
'Tis God Himself will make the grade
           Less hard for you.

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