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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 Healer

Published by Susan on 08/02/2003 (2199 reads)
"Tuberculosis should not be...

"Tuberculosis should not be,"
      The old professor said.
"If folks would hearken unto me
      'Twould save a million dead.
Nay, no consumptive needs to die,
             --A cure have I.

"From blood of turtle I've distilled
             An elixir of worth;
Let every sufferer be thrilled
             And sing for joy of earth;
Yet every doctor turns his back
             And calls me quack.

"Alas! They do not want to cure,
             For sickness is their meat;
So persecution I endure,
             And die in dark defeat:
Ye lungers, listen to my call!
             --I'll save you all."

The old Professor now is dead,
      And turtles of the sea,
Knowing their blood they need not shed,
      Are festive in their glee:
While sanitoriums are crammed
             With legions dammed.


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