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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 09/06/2003 (108179 reads)
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PH 8-6-02 I've had a copy of Bar-Room Ballads for fifty years and could not believe that there was so much more of his work. What a fantastic epitaph. I love the man and his work and agree with him about Omah and Kipling. My favourite poem is 'Enemy Conscript'. I nearly got sacked for reading it to a bunch of advertising agents during the Vietnam War.

HC 8-5-02 I am looking for a poem that I recited in the 1920's. "Deny your god. They ringed me with their spears. Hell-hot their hate and venom fanged their sneers....". Can you direct me to the name of the poem and/or the collection where it occurs?
AU The poem is "The Soldier of Fortune"  and is in the collection "Rhymes of a Rolling Stone".

LO 8-2-02 Robert Service's poems were read to me as a child and I carried that book all my life " The Cremation of Sam Mcgee" and other verses by Robert Service.

KS 8-1-02 My grandmother chose Sam McGee as a recitation poem for a school competition in the 1920's, because her father had known Robert Service. The teachers in her school were outraged. No one in her school could believe that she chose to recite such a (in the teacher's words) "morbid rhyme". To honor my grandmother, both my mother and I each memorized and recited the same poem for similar school performances, and now it is my son's turn.

AH 7-28-02 We had the privilege of visiting Robert's cabin at Dawson City and while there I purchased his book. The first poem that I memorized was "Wondering" I have since memorized "The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Ballad of Salvation Bill. I also enjoy Bessy's Boil and The Shooting of Dan McGrew....

LC 7-23-02 In clearing out my parent's house, ( They both died recently,) I came across an old poetry book which I believe my English grandmother gave to her grandmother in 1912. It is called 'Songs of a Sourdough" and I'm trying to put this poetry into the context of their lives. The book itself has no date of publication but is a "twenty-fourth impression" When might this book have been published? What kind of people did he appeal to? So far I'm enjoying the poetry.

SP 7-23-02 Have loved his poetry since the first time that I heard it in Alaska.

MK 7-21-02 I have an edition of Ballads of a Cheechako and I think it is splendid. It was printed in 1911 and the cover has his picture on it. I knew little of Robert Service and am delighted with your site.

GG 7-18-02 I read the Service Poem "The Men That Don't Fit In" at the back of Ken Lewis' autobiography "The Education of A Badlands Boy". The poem so well summarized the Autobiography that I sought more information on Service on the Internet and found your site. What a poet! Thanks for your work to share Service with others.

JV 7-18-02 I wouldn't want to pick a favorite Service poem, but if I had to, I'd go with "The Sceptic."
Your site is a wonderment, and I appreciate it greatly.

JP 7-17-02 My fiancé's mother was a relative of Robert Service and we are currently searching for a poem of his to have her read at our wedding.

AWB 7-17-02 My two favorite poems are The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill and The Pines. I enjoy the privilege of reading Robert Service's poems on this site. The poems are exquisite and unique.

WM 7-12-02 My father used to recite Dan McGrew and others to my two sisters and me, we loved it then and still do many years on.

TW 7-12-02 "The Ballad of How MacPherson Held the Floor" is my favourite service poem.

I'm looking to hold a Service Night Dinner, much like Robert Burns Dinner. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

JB 6-27-02 My Mother is 84 1/2 years of age and asked me to get her a copy of  "The Spell of the Yukon" as her copy long ago went with one of her lit. students. When I was a child at home my Father would recite part of a poem and my Mother would finish it.  Service's poetry lives on and on, to be enjoyed by many more than he could have imagined.

FC 6-25-02 I am happy to have happened upon this site. My entire family from my 88 year old mother to my 8 year old daughter are fans of Mr. Service. We have been reading and sharing his poetry for at least the last 50 years. I would encourage the reading of Maternity and Pullman Porter as two of my favorites that aren't often listed. Thanks for hosting the site!

T 6-23-02 Brings back lots of great memories!

DB 6-18-02 I am truly amazed by R.W. Service! He gets you caught up in his poetry so easily and each and every poem makes way for a smile on your face as you read his views on everything from saloons to philosophy. I never get tired of reading his verse and only wish I had discovered him sooner. He is the best! Thank you, for all your effort you have put into this site; it was well worth it.

PC 6-16-02 My grandfather used to recite Robert Service poems to me. They are my fondest memories of my time with him. I checked out a collection of Service poems and read them to my teenage sons and was surprised at how enraptured they listened. I was grateful to find that you developed this very special web page. Thank You!

E 6-15-02 I attended St Michael's Academy where the Dinner will be held in September. It is wonderful that the site to Robert W Service is so popular and that people take the time to find out more about him.

KH 6-14-02 I spent 18 months in Alaska in the 60's and learned of his work at that time. His ability to describe the cold sent shivers down my spine. I also love his sense of humor.

DVB 6-11-02 I managed to find your page today, after several previously fruitless searches for the source of the last two lines of "Michael", which I wanted to quote in a book on Peace I have written. My publishers insisted I track down the copyright holder to gain permission, which has led me on a merry dance via his daughter in Monte Carlo, his granddaughter in Paris, and their attorney in New York.

You might want to know that previous searches for "Robert W Service", using Copernic, which itself uses about a dozen different search engines, didn't find your site. Today's success came from my searching for the phrase "that stupid Crime, that devilÂ’s madness".

Having found it, I look forward to browsing through the site, and Service's poems. Thanks for providing it.

DLR 6-9-02 I always get the most marvelous feeling when I sign in the Art's site and the words of the poet ring out. Simply wonderful. I have the privilege of serving on the Robert Service Commemorative Committee (Kiwinning, Ayrshire branch) chaired by Roy Lauchlan MBE. I also have the honour of proposing the immortal memory to RWS at the 3rd memorial dinner in Kilwinning Academy on 6 September 2002. Hence, just browsing through the wonderful site. This was a touch of genius on the part of Art, so well done and keep up the great work. All RWS fans very much appreciate your work for our enjoyment. Regards
Donald L Reid
Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club No. 593
Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland

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