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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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Dauntless Quest

Published by Susan on 07/30/2003 (8587 reads)
Why seek to scale Mount Everest...

Why seek to scale Mount Everest,
             Queen of the air?
Why strive to crown that cruel crest
             And deathward dare?
Said Mallory of dauntless quest:
             "Becaue it's there."

Why yearn with passion and with pain
             To storm the sky?
Why suffer, - sullen goals to gain,
             And fear defy?
"'Tis not for glory or for gain
             We darkly die."

Why join the reckless, roving crew
             Of trail and tent?
Why grimly take the roads of rue,
             To doom hell-bent?
Columbus, Cook and Cabot knew,
             And yet they went."

Why bid the wooly world goodbye
             To follow far,
Adventures under evil sky
             And sullen star?
Let men like Mallory reply:
             "Because they are."

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