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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 Webmaster on 07/19/2003 (16045 reads)
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This next item is the letter sent to Robert from Princess Grace of Monaco,
thanking him for a book of poems with a personal dedication on the
occasion of her marriage to Prince Rainier III.


The dedication was this:

To G.K

Princess whose magic pen was dipped
    In radiant colours of romance
To write the wonder of you script,
    Your fairy-tale of chance?

Bring us Beauty, Art and Grace
    We welcome to this land of ours
And with our homage take your place
    'mid song and flowers.

Long may you play your golden part,
    Not only to en-sky your name,
But to be throned in every heart
    With heart-fire fame.

A people we, proud of our Past,
    From modern urgency afar,
Long have we hoped with faith steadfast
    To hail with ecstasy a Star.

Here is a letter from the Very Rev. J. Francis Tucker to Robert Service. There is no date, but is was probably 1955 or '56.

Dear Mr. Service:

     It is quite difficult to put in words my appreciation of your over-generous gift to honor Bienheureux Ranier, and to keep from perpetual dis-honor his distressed and worried keeper at St. Charles.
     I felt so overwhelmed by what I deem our Saint's "First Miracle" that I wanted to let the Prince, his protégé, know about it before writing you. Last evening I read the Prince your kind good letter-, noting how the exact amount of my in-debtedness was 70000 francs, and how your cheque (with all the requisites of a mircle: sudden, spontaneous, complete, in answer to prayer!), had met exactly that sum, with a surplus commission for the harassed Curé! - Yes! I know of your verses, but never did you write a more effective line than this lovely note.
     Thank you, my exceptional Friend, whose name goes on my litany of humble prayerful gratitude.
          Merry Xmas! -  to you and yours!

                   Signature: JF Tucker

 

J. Francis Tucker

 

The following letter was sent to Service by JF Tucker dated 9 Dec., 1956.

OBLATS DE S-Francious DE SALES
8 AVENUE SAINT-CHARLES
MONTE-CARLO
(PRINCIPAUTE DE MONACO)

My dear Friend, Mr. SERVICE:

     Thanks for the "Rhymes for my Rags" so kindly dedicated by your hand to me.
     Delay in acknowledgement is entirely your fault:
I mean that of complicity, so enticing is the reading of these delightful meditative entertaining and instructive revelations. - "The Seed"..."Longevity"..."The Palace"...The Shortr Catechism"..."Poor Kid"..."Obesity"...
     Naturally and supernaturally, I don't agree with all the points of meditation, - yet can draw grateful conclusions and resolutions from them all.
     One of the general conclusions is that these lines cannot come from the pen of an agnostic, - no more than can good fruit derive from a bad tree. I have already started to tell St. Peter about this.
     Just one request: Would I be allowed to call you "BOB", if I allowed you to call me "TUCK"? - Be assured that such familiarity among Old Codgers could breed no contempt.
     THANKS for the lovely Photo of another "My Two!"...

                          MERRY XMAS.

Signed: JF TUCKER

 

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