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Kail Yard Bard

A very humble pen I ply
  Beneath a cottage thatch;
And in the sunny hours I try
  To till my cabbage patch;
And in the gloaming glad am I
  To lift the latch.
 
I do not plot to pile up pelf,
  With jowl and belly fat;
To simple song I give myself,
  And seek no gain at that:
Content if milk is on the shelf
  To feed the cat.

I joy that haleness I possess,
  Though fame has passed me by;
And see such gold of happiness
  A-shining in the sky,
I wonder who has won success,
  Proud men or I?

I do not grieve that I am poor,
  And by the world unknown;
Free as the wind, serene and sure,
  In peace I live alone.
'Tis better to be bard obscure
  Than King on Throne.

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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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