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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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Published by Susan on 08/09/2003 (2616 reads)
Franklin fathered bastards fourteen...

Franklin fathered bastards fourteen,
   (So I read in the New Yorker );
If it's true, in terms of courtin'
   Benny must have been a corker.
To be prudent I've aspired,
   And my passions I have mastered;
So that I have never sired
             A single bastard.

One of course can never know;
   But I think that if I had
It would give me quite a glow
   When a kiddie called me 'Dad.'
Watching toddlers at their play,
   Parentage I'd gladly claim,
But their mothers smiling say:
             'You're not to blame.'

Ben founded the Satevepost ,
   And for that I much respect him;
But fourteen is quite a host
   Paternally to elect him.
'Fatherhood is not a crime,'
   Deemed fat Ben, 'there could be others . . .
Darlings, I had not the time
             To wed your mothers.'

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