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Finnigan's Finish

Robert William Service 1874 – 1958

They thought I'd be a champion;
  They boasted loud of me.
A dozen victories I'd won,
  The Press was proud of me.
I saw myself with glory crowned,
  And would, beyond a doubt,
Till last night in the second round
  A Dago knocked me out.

It must have been an accident;
  I cannot understand.
For I was so damn confident
  I'd lick him with one hand.
I bounded in the ring to cheers;
  I panted for the fray:
Ten minutes more with hoots and jeers
  They bore me limp away.

I will not have the nerve to face
  The sporting mob today;
The doll I fell for--my disgrace
  Will feel and fade away.
Last night upon the brink of fame
  No favour did I lack:
Tomorrow from the sink of shame
  I'll beg my old job back.

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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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