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Comrades



Three Holies sat in sacred place
  And quaffed celestial wine,
As they discussed the human race
  With dignity divine.
Said they: 'Although in doctrine we
  May differ more or less,
In spirit stoutly we agree
  Religion's a success.'

Said One: 'I praise the pride of war,
  The Faith that mocks at fear;
Desire of death in battle for
  It bringeth Heaven near.'
The Second said: ''Tis Peace I preach,
  And hate of human strife;
The sufferance of pain I teach,
  The sanctity of life.'

Then said the Third: 'Love I proclaim
  The goal of human good . . .
Yet are we not all three the same
  In holy brotherhood?'
And so they went forth hand in hand,
  Wending a starry way,--
Mohamet, gentle Buddha and
  He of Gethsemenè.

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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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