The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

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The Spell of the Yukon  (1907) 
by Robert W. Service
Appeared in England as "Songs of a Sourdough"
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The Spell of the Yukon

and Other Verses



by
ROBERT W. SERVICE


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BARSE & HOPKINS
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Copyright, 1907, by
Barse & Hopkins



CONTENTS

THE LAND GOD FORGOT 13
The lonely sunsets flare forlorn,
THE SPELL OF THE YUKON 15
I wanted the gold, and I sought it,
THE HEART OF THE SOURDOUGH 19
There where the mighty mountains bare their fangs unto the moon,
THE THREE VOICES 22
The waves have a story to tell me,
THE LAW OF THE YUKON 24
This is the law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain,
THE PARSON'S SON 31
This is the song of the parson's son, as he squats in his shack alone,
THE CALL OF THE WILD 36
Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on,
THE LONE TRAIL 40
Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it,
THE PINES 43
We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines,
THE LURE OF LITTLE VOICES 46
There's a cry from out the loneliness—oh, listen, Honey, listen!
THE SONG OF THE WAGE-SLAVE 49
When the long, long day is over, and the Big Boss gives me my pay,
GRIN 53
If you're up against a bruiser and you're getting knocked about,
THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW 55 Speaker Icon.svg
A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon,
THE CREMATION OF SAM McGEE 61
There are strange things done in the midnight sun,
MY MADONNA 68
I haled me a woman from the street,
UNFORGOTTEN 69
I know a garden where the lilies gleam,
THE RECKONING 70
It's fine to have a blow-out in a fancy restaurant,
QUATRAINS 72
One said: Thy life is thine to make or mar,
THE MEN THAT DON'T FIT IN 75
There's a race of men that don't fit in,
MUSIC IN THE BUSH 77
O'er the dark pines she sees the silver moon,
THE RHYME OF THE REMITTANCE MAN 81
There's a four-pronged buck a-swinging in the shadow of my cabin,
THE LOW-DOWN WHITE 85
This is the pay-day up at the mines, when the bearded brutes come down,
THE LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN 88
When a man gets on his uppers in a hard-pan sort of town,
THE YOUNGER SON 91
If you leave the gloom of London and you seek a glowing land,
THE MARCH OF THE DEAD 95
The cruel war was over—oh, the triumph was so sweet,
"FIGHTING MAC" 99
A pistol shot rings round and round the world,
THE WOMAN AND THE ANGEL 104
An angel was tired of heaven, as he lounged in the golden street,
THE RHYME OF THE RESTLESS ONES 107
We couldn't sit and study for the law,
NEW YEAR'S EVE 110
It's cruel cold on the water-front, silent and dark and drear,
COMFORT 115
Say! You've struck a heap of trouble,
THE HARPY 117
There was a woman, and she was wise; woefully wise was she,
PREMONITION 122
'Twas a year ago, and the moon was bright,
THE TRAMPS 123
Can you recall, dear comrade, when we tramped God's land together,
L'ENVOI 125
You who have lived in the land,


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