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January 2015 - 2 : Newsletters~Canadian


Robert Service ballad #2
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Who was Robert Service?

Arriving in the Yukon after the gold rush, Robert Service, a bank clerk, listened to the stories of old timers and turned them into comic verse. He achieved fame and his ballads are still popular today. It has been said that Robert Service and Jack London(The Call of the Wild) most significantly defined the north and popularized the adventure of the gold rush through their writings.

The Cremation of Sam McGee

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.


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