Awake To Smile



When I blink sunshine in my eyes
      And hail the amber morn,
Before the rosy dew-drop dries
      With sparkle on the thorn;
When boughs with robin rapture ring,
      And bees hum in the may,--
Then call me young, with heart of Spring,
              Though I be grey.
              
But when no more I know the joy
      And urgence of that hour,
As like a happy-hearted boy
      I leap to land aflower;
When gusto I no longer feel,
      To rouse with glad hooray,--
Then call me old and let me steal
              From men away.

Let me awaken with a smile
      And go to garden glee,
For there is such a little while
      Of living left to me;
But when star-wist I frail away,
      Lord, let the hope beguile
That to Ecstatic Light I may
              Awake to smile.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABABCDCD EFEFGDGD HIHIDHDH
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 761
Words 138
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8

Robert William Service

Robert William Service was a poet and writer sometimes referred to as the Bard of the Yukon He is best-known for his writings on the Canadian North including the poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew The Law of the Yukon and The Cremation of Sam McGee His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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