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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Published by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (14945 reads)
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It is almost a century that differentiates us from the early works of Robert Service. An ocean separates us from his birthplace. A continent divides us from his subjects. Nothing can isolate us from his spirit and soul. Here is an explanation of some of the words, terms, people and places that may succor the modern reader.


A

Arcadie
Pastoral region of ancient Greece that came to be considered a rural, bucolic paradise.
argently
In a silvery-white way.
attainted
Convicted; sullied; disgraced.
Aurora Borealis
The Northern Lights, the colorful display in the sky caused by solar eruptions.

B

bacchanalian
A boisterous reveler. Stemming from the Roman god Bacchus, Greek Bakkhos.
bally
Synonym for "bloody."
Brittany
A historical region and former province of northwest France on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
bull-pines
Long-needled pine; e.g., ponderosa, digger, loblolly or limber pine.
bunting
Cloth decorations/flags in the colors of the national flag.

C

calcined
Reduced to whitish powder by intense heat.
Caliban
Rude, uncouth. The allusion is to Shakespeare's Caliban in The Tempest, the deformed half-human son of a devil and a witch.
canorous
Suggestive of loud, swelling song.
canvas-back
Wild duck with salt-and-pepper back plumage.
chancel rat
Larger cousin of the church mouse.
cheechako
[Chinook:] tenderfoot; greenhorn.
chummed up
Formed a close friendship.
cinch
To make sure of anything. To bring someone else into difficulty.
college eight
Crew team representing the school in a race.
Cormak, George
Member of the party that first discovered gold near Rabbit Creek, Yukon.
coronal
Of the Northern Lights' apparent convergence around the magnetic pole.
coruscate
To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter.
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