A Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

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.)

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