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Heart O' The North

And when I come to the dim trail-end,
  I who have been Life's rover,
This is all I would ask, my friend,
  Over and over and over:

A little space on a stony hill
  With never another near me,
Sky o' the North that's vast and still,
  With a single star to cheer me;

Star that gleams on a moss-grey stone
  Graven by those who love me --
There would I lie alone, alone,
  With a single pine above me;

Pine that the north wind whinneys through --
  Oh, I have been Life's lover!
But there I'd lie and listen to
  Eternity passing over.

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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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