A Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

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Gordon Macdonald

Gordon Macdonald was the governor of Newfoundland from 1946 to 1949. He played an important part for making Newfoundland part of Canada. Despite fierce opposition, he succeeded in 1949. On 8 March 1949, two days before the last British governor left the island to return to Britain, the Evening Telegram published a poem in honor of him:

A Farewell!

The prayers of countless thousands sent
Heavenwards to speed thy safe return,
Ennobled as thou art with duty well performed,
Bringing peace, security and joy
Among the peoples of this New Found Land.
So saddened and depressed until your presence
Taught us discern and help decide what’s best for
All on whom fortune had not smiled.
Remember if you will the kindness and the love
Devotion and the respect that we the people have for Thee – Farewell!

The editors completely missed the acrostic and it was several weeks later before they noticed it. (Hint: Just read the first letter of each line.)




About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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14 Responses to A Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

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  2. Deb Whittam says:

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  4. parkinsons95 says:

    Now this one I understand!!! Lol. Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Bastard. Fabulous, the poem as well as the acrostic.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Cathy Murray says:

    I enjoyed that acrostic. Thankyou. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. My own juvenile contribution……

    For supper I had a lovely dish
    A tastier bowl of beans you could not wish
    Rich in sauce, the beans soft and round
    Time for bed now, oops what’s that sound?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. feoh says:

    Totally love the blog! This is a great post. Thanks for putting this together!

    Liked by 1 person

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