Robert William Service

The Law Of Laws

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 …

If we could roll back History
  A century, let's say,
And start from there, I'm sure that we
  Would find things as to-day:
In all creation's cosmic range
  No vestige of a change.
Turn back a thousand years, the same
  Unchangement we would view;
Cause and Effect their laws proclaim,
  The truest of the true,
And in life's mechanistic groove
  The Universe would move.

Grim is the grip of the Machine
  And everything we do
Designed implacably has been
  Since earth was virgin new:
We strut our parts as they were writ,--
  That's all there is to it.

Curse on such thinking! let us play
  At Free Will, though we be
The gnatlike creatures of the day,
  The dupes of Destiny . . .
The merle is merry in the may--
  Tommorow's time to pray.