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The Land Of Beyond

Have ever you heard of the Land of Beyond,
  That dreams at the gates of the day?
Alluring it lies at the skirts of the skies,
  And ever so far away;
Alluring it calls: O ye the yoke galls,
  And ye of the trail overfond,
With saddle and pack, by paddle and track,
  Let's go to the Land of Beyond!

Have ever you stood where the silences brood,
  And vast the horizons begin,
At the dawn of the day to behold far away
  The goal you would strive for and win?
Yet ah! in the night when you gain to the height,
  With the vast pool of heaven star-spawned,
Afar and agleam, like a valley of dream,
  Still mocks you a Land of Beyond.

Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
  For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
  A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
  A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
  Behold it, our Land of Beyond!

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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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