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Dark Trinity



Said I to Pain: "You would not dare
  Do ill to me."
Said Pain: "Poor fool! Why should I care
  Whom you may be?
To clown and king alike I bring
  My meed of bane;
Why should you shirk my chastening?"
  Said Pain.
 
Said I to Grief: "No tears have I,
  Go on your way."
Said Grief: "Why should I pass you by,
  While others pay?
All men must know the way of woe,
  From saint to thief,
And tears were meant to overflow,"
  Said Grief.

Said I to Death: "From ail and fret
  Grant me relief."
Said Death: "I know you are beset
  By Pain and Grief.
But my good will you must await
  Since human breath
To suffering is consecrate,"
  Said Death.

Said I to God: "Pale Sister Grief,
  Bleak Brother Pain,
Bedevil me beyond belief,
  And Death's unfain . . ."
Said God: "Curse not that blessed Three,
  Poor human clod!
Have faith! Believe the One with Me,"
  Said God.

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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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