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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 07/29/2003 (3077 reads)
Painter, would you make my picture...

Painter, would you make my picture?
Just forget the moral stricture.
                            Let me sit
With my belly to the table,
Swilling all the wine I'm able,
                            Pip a-lit;
Not a stiff and stuffy croaker
In a frock coat and a choker
                            Let me be;
But a rollicking old fellow
With a visage ripe and mellow
                            As you see.

Just a twinkle-eyed old codger,
And of death as artful dodger,
                            Such I am;
I defy the Doc's advising
And I don't for sermonising
                            Care a damn.
Though Bill Shakespeare had in his dome
Both - I'd rather wit than wisdom
                            For my choice;
In the glug glug of the bottle,
As I tip it down my throttle,
                            I rejoice.

Paint me neither sour not soulful,
For I would not have folks doleful
                            When I go;
So if to my shade you're quaffing
I would rather see you laughing,
                            As you know.
In Life's Great Experiment
I'll have heaps of merriment
                            E're I pass;
And though devil beckons me,
And I've many a speck on me,
Maybe some will recon me -
                            Worth a glass.

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