Robert William Service

The Sum-Up

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 …

It is not power and fame
  That make success;
It is not rank or name
  Rate happiness.
It is not honour due
  Nor pile of pelf:
The pay-off is: Did you
  Enjoy yourself?
A pal of days gone by
  I reckon more
Of a success than I
  Who've gold in store
His life, though none too long,
  Was never dull:
Of woman, wine and song
  Bill had his full.

Friend, you are a success
  If you can say:
"A heap of happiness
  Has come my way.
No cheers have made me glad,
  No wealth I've won;
But oh how I have had
  A heap of FUN!"