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Ottawa Folk Festival Robert Service Collection

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The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service with patrons, musicians and organizers. Robert Service is an iconic Canadian poet.

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THE SPELL OF THE YUKON AND OTHER VERSES

by Robert W. Service

[British born Canadian Poet 1874 1958.]

[This text was also published (in Britain) under the title, "Songs of a Sourdough".]

[This etext was pretty much matches the American editions of 1907 and 1916.]

[Note on text: Italicized stanzas will be indented 5 spaces. Italicized AND indented stanzas will be indented 10 spaces. Italicized words or phrases will be capitalized. Lines longer than 77 characters have been broken according to metre, and the continuation is indented two spaces.]

To C. M.

The Land God Forgot

The lonely sunsets flare forlorn Down valleys dreadly desolate; The lordly mountains soar in scorn As still as death, as stern as fate.

The lonely sunsets flame and die; The giant valleys gulp the night; The monster mountains scrape the sky, Where eager stars are diamond bright.

So gaunt against the gibbous moon, Piercing the silence velvet piled, A lone wolf howls his ancient rune The fell arch spirit of the Wild... Continue reading book >>


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