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My Job



I've got a little job on 'and, the time is drawin' nigh;
  At seven by the Captain's watch I'm due to go and do it;
I wants to 'ave it nice and neat, and pleasin' to the eye,
  And I 'opes the God of soldier men will see me safely through it.
Because, you see, it's somethin' I 'ave never done before;
  And till you 'as experience noo stunts is always tryin';
The chances is I'll never 'ave to do it any more:
  At seven by the Captain's watch my little job is . . . dyin'.

I've got a little note to write; I'd best begin it now.
  I ain't much good at writin' notes, but here goes: "Dearest Mother,
I've been in many 'ot old `do's'; I've scraped through safe some'ow,
  But now I'm on the very point of tacklin' another.
A little job of hand-grenades; they called for volunteers.
  They picked me out; I'm proud of it; it seems a trifle dicky.
If anythin' should 'appen, well, there ain't no call for tears,
  And so . . . I 'opes this finds you well. -- Your werry lovin' Micky."

I've got a little score to settle wiv them swine out there.
  I've 'ad so many of me pals done in it's quite upset me.
I've seen so much of bloody death I don't seem for to care,
  If I can only even up, how soon the blighters get me.
I'm sorry for them perishers that corpses in a bed;
  I only 'opes mine's short and sweet, no linger-longer-lyin';
I've made a mess of life, but now I'll try to make instead . . .
  It's seven sharp. Good-bye, old pals! . . . a decent job in dyin'.

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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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