Robert William Service
Fidelity by Robert William Service

Fidelity by Robert William Service

Being a shorty, as you see,A bare five footer,The why my wife is true to meIs my six-shooter.For every time a guy goes byWho looks like a lover,I polish it to catch his eye,And ...

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Sensibility by Robert William Service

Sensibility by Robert William Service

IOnce, when a boy, I killed a cat.I guess it's just because of thatA cat evokes my tenderness,And takes so kindly my caress.For with a rich, resonant purrIt sleeks an arch or ...

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Finality by Robert William Service

Finality by Robert William Service

When I am dead I will not careHow future generations fare,For I will be so unaware.Though fields their slain has carpeted,And seas be salt with tears they shed,Not one I'll ...

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Breton Wife by Robert William Service

Breton Wife by Robert William Service

A Wintertide we had been wedWhen Jan went off to sea,And now the laurel rose is redAnd I wait on the quay.His berthing boat I watch with dread,For where, oh where is he?Weep ...

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Days by Robert William Service

Days by Robert William Service

I am a Day . . .My sky is grey,My wind is wild,My sea high-piled:In year of days the firstIn misery . . . Oh pity me!I am a DayAccurst.Sweet Day, not curst but blest:Behold upon ...

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Gignol by Robert William Service

Gignol by Robert William Service

Addict of Punch and Judy showsI was when I was small,My kiddy laughter, I suppose,Rang louder than them all.The Judge with banter I would bait,The Copper was a wretch,But oh how ...

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Spartan Mother by Robert William Service

Spartan Mother by Robert William Service

My mother loved her horses andHer hounds of pedigree,She did not kiss the baby handI held to her in glee.Of course I had a sweet nou-nouWho tended me with care,And mother reined ...

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Evenfall by Robert William Service

Evenfall by Robert William Service

When day is done I steal awayTo fold my hands in rest,And of my hours this moment greyI love the best,So quietly I sit aloneAnd wait for evenfall,When in the dusk doves sweetly ...

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The Yukoner by Robert William Service

The Yukoner by Robert William Service

He burned a hole in frozen muck,He pierced the icy mould,And there in six-foot dirt he struckA sack or so of gold.He burned holes in the Decalogue,And then it cam about,For ...

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Familiarity by Robert William Service

Familiarity by Robert William Service

Familiarity some claimCan breed contempt,So from it let it be your aimTo be exempt.Let no one exercise his brawnTo slap your back,Lest he forget your name is John,And call you ...

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Insomnia by Robert William Service

Insomnia by Robert William Service

Heigh ho! to sleep I vainly try,Since twelve I haven't closed an eye,And now it's three, and as I lie,From Notre Dame to St. DenisThe bells of Paris chime to me,You're young, ...

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Self-Made Man by Robert William Service

Self-Made Man by Robert William Service

A hundred people I employed,But when they struck for higher pay,I was so damnably annoyedI told them they could stay away.I simply shut my business down,I closed my doors and ...

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Henry by Robert William Service

Henry by Robert William Service

Mary and I were twenty-twoWhen we were wed,A well-matched pair, right smart to viewThe town's folk said.For twenty years I have been trueTo nuptial bed.But oh alas! The march of ...

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Someone’s Mother by Robert William Service

Someone’s Mother by Robert William Service

Someone's Mother trails the streetWrapt in rotted rags, Broken slippers on her feetDrearily she drags, Drifting in the bitter night,Gnawing gutter bread,With a face of tallow ...

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At San Sebastian by Robert William Service

At San Sebastian by Robert William Service

The Countess sprawled beside the seaAs naked a she well could be,Indeed her only garments wereA G string and a brassiè,reHer washerwoman was amazed,And at the lady gazed ...

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Titine by Robert William Service

Titine by Robert William Service

Although I have a car of class,A limousine,I also have a jenny assI call Titine.And if I had in sober senseTo choose between,I know I'd give the preferenceTo sleek Titine.My ...

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The Walkers by Robert William Service

The Walkers by Robert William Service

(He speaks.)Walking, walking, oh, the joy of walking!Swinging down the tawny lanes with head held high,Striding up the green hills, through the heather stalking,Swishing through ...

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Golden Days by Robert William Service

Golden Days by Robert William Service

Another day of toil and strife,Another page so white,Within that fateful Log of LifeThat I and all must write,Another page without a stainTo make of as I may,That done, I shall ...

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Fortitude by Robert William Service

Fortitude by Robert William Service

Time, the Jester, jeers at you,Your life's a fleeting breath,Your birthday's flimsy I.O.U.To that old devil, Death.And though to glory you attain,Or be to beauty born,Your pomp ...

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Charity by Robert William Service

Charity by Robert William Service

The Princess was of ancient line,Of royal race was she,Like cameo her face was fine,With sad serentiy:Yet bent she toiled with dimming eye,Her rice and milk to buy.With lacework ...

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Her Letter by Robert William Service

Her Letter by Robert William Service

I'm taking pen in hand this night, and hard it is for me,My poor old fingers tremble so, my hand is stiff and slow,And even with my glasses on I'm troubled sore to see. . . ...

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Divine Detachment by Robert William Service

Divine Detachment by Robert William Service

One day the Great Designer soughtHis Clerk of Birth and Death.Said he: Two souls are in my thought,to whom I gave life-breath.I deemed my work was fitly done,But yester-eve I ...

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God’s Vagabond by Robert William Service

God’s Vagabond by Robert William Service

A passion to be freeHas ever mastered me,To none beneath the sunWill I bow down,--not oneShall leash my liberty.My life's my own, I riseWith glory in my eyes,And my concept of ...

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Euthansia by Robert William Service

Euthansia by Robert William Service

A sea-gull with a broken wing,I found upon the kelp-strewn shore.It sprawled and gasped, I sighed: Poor thing!I fear your flying days are o'er,Sad victim of a savage gun,So ends ...

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Tim by Robert William Service

Tim by Robert William Service

My brother Tim has children ten,While I have none.Maybe that's why he's toiling whenTo ease I've won.But though I would some of his broodGive hearth and care,I know that not a ...

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Equality by Robert William Service

Equality by Robert William Service

The Elders of the Tribe were groupedAnd squatted in the Council Cave,They seemed to be extremely pooped,And some were grim, but all were grave:The subject of their big To-doWas ...

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Clemenceau by Robert William Service

Clemenceau by Robert William Service

His frown brought terror to his foes,But now in twilight of his daysThe pure perfection of a roseCan kindle rapture in his gaze.Where once he swung the sword of wrathAnd peoples ...

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Rose Leaves by Robert William Service

Rose Leaves by Robert William Service

When they shall close my careless eyesAnd look their last upon my face,I fear that some will say: her liesA man of deep disgrace,His thoughts were bare, his words were ...

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Silence by Robert William Service

Silence by Robert William Service

When I was cub reporter IWould interview the Great,And sometimes they would make reply,And sometimes hesitate,But often they would sharply say,With bushy eyebrows bent:Young ...

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Gentle Gaoler by Robert William Service

Gentle Gaoler by Robert William Service

Being a gaoler I'm supposedTo be a hard-boiled guy,Yet never prison walls enclosedA kinder soul than I:Passing my charges precious pillsTo end their ills.And if in gentle sleep ...

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Cheer by Robert William Service

Cheer by Robert William Service

It's a mighty good world, so it is, dear lass,When even the worst is said.There's a smile and a tear, a sigh and a cheer,But better be living than dead,A joy and a pain, a loss ...

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Fool Faith by Robert William Service

Fool Faith by Robert William Service

Said I: See yon vast heaven shine,--What earthly sight diviner?Before such radiant DesignWhy doubt Designer?Said he: Design is just a thoughtIn human cerebration,And meaningless ...

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Divine Device by Robert William Service

Divine Device by Robert William Service

Would it be loss or gainTo hapless human-kindIf we could feel no painOf body or of mind?Would it be for our goodIf we were calloused so,And God in mercy shouldEnd all our woe?I ...

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The Whistle Of Sandy Mcgraw by Robert William Service

The Whistle Of Sandy Mcgraw by Robert William Service

You may talk o' your lutes and your dulcimers fine,Your harps and your tabors and cymbals and a',But here in the trenches jist gie me for mineThe wee penny whistle o' Sandy ...

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Sentimental Hangman by Robert William Service

Sentimental Hangman by Robert William Service

'Tis hard to hang a husky ladWhen larks are in the sky,It hurts when daffydills are gladTo wring a neck awry,When joy o' Spring is in the sapAnd cheery in the sun,'Tis sad to ...

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Futility by Robert William Service

Futility by Robert William Service

Dusting my books I spent a busy day:Not ancient toes, time-hallowed and unread,but modern volumes, classics in their way,whose makers now are numbered with the dead,Men of a ...

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Cocotte by Robert William Service

Cocotte by Robert William Service

When a girl's sixteen, and as poor as she's pretty,And she hasn't a friend and she hasn't a home,Heigh-ho! She's as safe in Paris cityAs a lamb night-strayed where the wild ...

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God’s Battleground by Robert William Service

God’s Battleground by Robert William Service

God dwells in you, in pride and shame,In all you do to blight or bless,In all you are of praise and blame,In beauty or in ugliness.Divine Creation - What a fraud!God did not ...

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Immortality by Robert William Service

Immortality by Robert William Service

Full well I trow that when I dieDown drops the curtain,Another show is all my eyeAnd Betty Martin.I know the score, and with a smileOf rueful rating,I reckon I am not worth ...

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An Epicure by Robert William Service

An Epicure by Robert William Service

Should you preserve white mice in honeyDon't use imported ones from China,For though they cost you less in moneyYou'll find the Japanese ones finer.But if Chinese, stuff them ...

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The Law Of The Yukon by Robert William Service

The Law Of The Yukon by Robert William Service

This is the law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain:Send not your foolish and feeble, send me your strong and your sane --Strong for the red rage of battle, sane for I ...

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The Widower by Robert William Service

The Widower by Robert William Service

Oh I have worn my mourning out,And on her grave the green grass grows,So I will hang each sorry cloutHigh in the corn to scare the crows.And I will buy a peacock tie,And coat of ...

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Beak-Bashing Boy by Robert William Service

Beak-Bashing Boy by Robert William Service

But yesterday I banked on fistic fame,Figgerin' I'd be a champion of the Ring.Today I've half a mind to quit the Game,For all them rosy dreams have taken wing,Since last night a ...

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Dylan by Robert William Service

Dylan by Robert William Service

And is it not a gesture grandTo drink oneself to death?Oh sure 'tis I can understand,Being of sober breath.And so I do not sing success,But dirge the damned who fall,And who ...

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Black Moran by Robert William Service

Black Moran by Robert William Service

The mule-skinner was Bill Jerome, the passengers were three,Two tinhorns from the dives of Nome, and Father Tim McGee.And as for sunny Southland bound, through weary woods they ...

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Balloon by Robert William Service

Balloon by Robert William Service

I bought my little grandchild AnnA bright balloon,And I was such a happy manTo hear her croon.She laughed and babbled with delight,So gold its glow,As by a thread she held it ...

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Freethinker by Robert William Service

Freethinker by Robert William Service

Although the Preacher be a bore,The Atheist is even more.I ain't religious worth a damn,My views are reckoned to be broad,And yet I shut up like a clamWhen folks get figgerin' ...

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The Spell Of The Yukon by Robert William Service

The Spell Of The Yukon by Robert William Service

I wanted the gold, and I sought it,I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.Was it famine or scurvy -- I fought it,I hurled my youth into a grave.I wanted the gold, and I got it ...

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The Volunteer by Robert William Service

The Volunteer by Robert William Service

Sez I: My Country calls? Well, let it call.I grins perlitely and declines wiv thanks.Go, let 'em plaster every blighted wall,'Ere's ONE they don't stampede into the ranks.Them ...

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Forward by Robert William Service

Forward by Robert William Service

I've tinkered at my bits of rhymesIn weary, woeful, waiting times,In doleful hours of battle-din,Ere yet they brought the wounded in,Through vigils of the fateful night,In lousy ...

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