Baby Sitter

From torrid heat to frigid cold
  I've rovered land and sea;
And now, with halting heart I hold
  My grandchild on my knee:
Yet while I've eighty years all told,
  Of moons she has but three.
 
She sleeps, that fragile miniature
  Of future maidenhood;
She will be wonderful, I'm sure,
  As over her I brood;
She is so innocent, so pure,
  I know she will be good.

My way I've won from woe to weal,
  And hard has been the fight;
Yet in my ingle-nook I feel
  A wondrous peace to-night;
And over me serenely steal
  Warm waves of love and light.

"What sloppy stuff!" I hear you say.
  "Give us a lusty song."
Alas! I'm bent and gnarled and grey,--
  My life may not be long:
Yet let its crown of glory be
  This child upon me knee.

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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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