Robert William Service

Soldier Boy

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 …

My soldier boy has crossed the sea
  To fight the foeman;
But he'll come back to make of me
  And honest woman.
So I am singing all day long,
  Despite blood-shedding;
For though I know he's done me wrong,
  We'll end by wedding.

My soldier boy is home again,
  So bold and scathless;
But oh, my heart is numb with pain
  Because he's faithless.
He's brought with him a French Mam'selle;
  They plan a marriage;
Maybe I'll go - no one will know
  Of my miscarriage.

My soldier boy has made his choice,
  She'll hold him to it;
I tell myself that I rejoice,
  May he not rue it.
But oh, that starry month of May,
  Love-words wild spoken!
I stand alone and make no moan . . .
  My heart is broken.