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Poem by Arthur Conan Doyle

Songs of Action (1898). 10. A Lay of the Links

Its up and away from our work to-day,
    For the breeze sweeps over the down;
And its hey for a game where the gorse blossoms flame,
    And the bracken is bronzing to brown.
With the turf neath our tread and the blue overhead,
    And the song of the lark in the whin;
Theres the flag and the green, with the bunkers between
    Now will you be over or in?

The doctor may come, and well teach him to know
    A tee where no tannin can lurk;
The soldier may come, and well promise to show
    Some hazards a soldier may shirk;
The statesman may joke, as he tops every stroke,
    That at last he is high in his aims;
And the clubman will stand with a club in his hand
    That is worth every club in St. James.

The palm and the leather come rarely together,
    Gripping the drivers haft,
And its good to feel the jar of the steel
    And the spring of the hickory shaft.
Why trouble or seek for the praise of a clique?
    A cleek here is common to all;
And the lie that might sting is a very small thing
    When compared with the lie of the ball.

Come youth and come age, from the study or stage,
    From Bar or from Benchhigh and low!
A green you must use as a cure for the blues
    You drive them away as you go.
Were outward bound on a long, long round,
    And its time to be up and away:
If worry and sorrow come back with the morrow,
    At least well be happy to-day.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's other poems:
  1. Songs of the Road (1911). 8. The Outcasts
  2. Songs of the Road (1911). 17. Man's Limitation
  3. Songs of the Road (1911). 4. A Post-Impressionist
  4. Songs of the Road (1911). 27. Sexagenarius Loquitur
  5. The Guards Came Through (1919). 2. Victrix

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