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Young Mother

Her baby was so full of glee,
  And through the day
It laughed and babbled on her knee
  In happy play.
It pulled her hair all out of curl
  With noisy joy;
So peppy she was glad her girl
  Was not a boy.

Then as she longed for it to sleep,
  To her surprise
It just relaxed within her keep
  With closing eyes.
And as it lay upon her breast
  So still its breath,
So exquisite its utter rest
  It looked like death.

It seemed like it had slipped away
  To shadow land;
With tiny face like tinted clay
  And waxen hand.
No ghost of sigh, no living look . . .
  Then with an ache
Of panic fear and love she shook
  Her babe awake.

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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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