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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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Odds and Ends, Other Items Of Interest About Robert


Published by Webmaster on 09/06/2003 (112211 reads)
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C 2-6-02 Another of my all time favorites is 'The Pasha Frog'
I first read it in the 8th grade. I enjoyed it so much, I recited it to the entire class.

Like you, I also learned of Robert Service through my father. I came across my fathers copy of 'The complete works of RS' I have since bought my own copy. No other can write a ballad like Robert Service Your site is a wonderful tribute to him.

H 2-4-02 i dont even know if this site is even what im looking for and i just got hear so i have nothing to say!
AU I had to post this one...just as received 

GO 2-3-02 I have two favorite "stanzas", one from the last stanza of Prelude, Ballad of A Bohemian; "and here my simple songs of earth . . .", the other; 1st stanza, Prelude of Lyrics of a Low Brow. "Ah yes, I know my brow is low . . .".

MS 2-2-02 The Junior God>>>>then... The Ballad Of Sam McGee
I found this site to be very interesting, and will return for a longer look [formerly from Mount Florida, Glasgow ]

RS 2-2-02 I am getting along in years and have just recently acquired my first computer. My brother alerted me to this wonderful site because he knew I have been a life-long Service addict. I have known and memorized Service's poems most of my life. I have a small 4X6 1907 edition of "The Spell Of The Yukon" which I carried with me for many years on camping trips all over the United States. It is now worn, brittle and held together with tape. I memorized most of the contents and recited them to friends many nights around campfires. I later acquired a 1909 copy of "Ballads Of A Cheechako" and a 1917 copy of "Songs Of A Sourdough". Of course I later acquired both copies of his collected works which incorporate all of the previous individual works, published by Dodd Mead in the 1950s. I have a recoding of some of his works made by Stuart Hamblen in the '50s. I will be visiting this wonderful site often. Thank you so much for preserving the art and memory of on of my great heroes.

J 1-28-02 As a military chaplain, I conducted a memorial service for a retired General some time back, and used the poem "Carry On!" at the end of the eulogy. The words of that poem conveyed the essence of my message and represented the spirit, legacy, and life of the deceased. The General was what we call a "soldier's general"; one who was humble enough to understand the lowest enlisted man. The poetry of Robert Service, the people's poet, represents the spirit of adventure, of carrying on in spite of difficulties and doubts; and, in light of recent events, of not giving up.

JC 1-27-02 Great to discover, if not a new poet, a poet who is new to me. Thanks!

SS 1-24-02 Hi Fans of R.S.. My name is Sam & I'm from Tennessee, therefore Ole McGee leaves a good taste in my mouth and memory. I fell in love with it in an E.Tn High School in the 60's, recited it to my kids in the 80's and 90's, and many times since to buddies sharing hunting and fishing trips. Freeze your toes in the cold waters of a duck hunt, or find yourself when you can't get back to the campfire on the snowy trail of a deer hunt, and Sam McGee seems to be a memory to warm my heart. Thanks to the creator of this site for remembering the works of Robert Service. SSneed@BellSouth.Net

HP 1-21-02 As a boy I had read some of his material and when I was assigned to Alaska for two or three years I became familiar not only with his work but also the subject of much of the material he wrote about. Reading his work now brings back the magic, strength, beauty, and spirituality of that wondrous place God created just for men like him,  you - and I would like to think me - to get closer.

J 1-21-02 I learned of Robert W. Service through my grandfather William W. Lahti who used to recite "The shooting of Dan McGrew" & "The Cremation of Sam McGee". He knew the poems by heart and used to tear up as he recited them to us on the rare occasions of seeing him, for he lived in Florida and we were in NY. My grandmother gave him the collected poems of Robert W. Service when he was in the hospital many years ago, and it seems to me that the poetry of Mr. Service helped my Grandfather to get well. In his last years of health before, Alzheimer's Disease took into his life, we were lucky enough to videotape the last recitations of Mr. Service's poetry by my Grandpa. Robert W. Service will always bring a special memory to my heart.

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