Father Duffy's Well (P K Devine)

When lured by dreams of salmon streams
and sylvan beauties rare,
The tackle stowed, you take the road
that leads to Salmonier;
Observe the sacred custom
which all travellers compel,
Drink from the cool and limpid pool
of Father Duffy's Well.

Tradition tells of early days
how Father Duffy found,
A semblance of water just
oozing from the ground;
He scraped away the turf and clay
as thirst did him impel,
And very soon we had the boon
of Father Duffy's Well.

In gratitude to God he knelt
and blessed as Holy Ground,
That it might be a sacred spot
through all the ages down;
When bridle path to highway turned
an axeman came to fell,
Inviolate he kept the state
of Father Duffy's Well.

Then devotees who learned the worth
adorned and cleared the place,
Safeguarding perpetuity
for all the human race;
They swept unsightly objects
from the precincts of the dell,
And made a font of paradise
of Father Duffy's Well.

Cursed be the man that dare profane
this loved and sacred shrine,
And make excuse "material use"
so callous is our time;
Commercial use may dollars bring
but never can excel
The sentimental heritage
of Father Duffy's Well.

####.... Patrick Kevin Devine [1859-1950] of King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL .... ####

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Father Duffy's Well is a Provincial Park located on Salmonier Line, a road from the head of Conception Bay across the Avalon Peninsula to Salmonier, a collection of farming and fishing communities along Salmonier Arm at the head of St Mary's Bay. The area along Salmonier Line is noted for its wilderness appeal. ~ Source: Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador.


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