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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 (108178 reads)
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S 6-8-02 Hi! Great web site! I'm 41 and I remember as a kid my dad reciting portions of The Cremation of Sam McGee. He had (has) a huge book with many of RWS's works. Earlier this week my wife went to Shipshewana, Indiana to shop with some girlfriends. Upon coming home she showed me a book in very good condition, printed in 1921. It was Rhymes Of A Rolling Stone. I took it to work today and enjoyed reading it. Generally, I do not like poetry but Service has a way of striking a chord within me. Thanks again for this wonderful site!

BW 6-8-02 I got hooked on Robert Service poems while living in Clear Sky Alaska (1969-1971). Favorites are The Cremation of Sam McGee, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, The Quitter, The Men That don't Fit in and The Low-Down White. But all of his poems are GREAT. I think it is about time my 11 yr old got introduced to RWS. This is a great site. Keep up the good work. I am sure I will be back many times to visit.

S 6-6-02 I think this site is great. I've read many of poems that I haven't read before, because the library in my area only carries a few of his books. My favorite poem by Robert Service is a prelude for Rhymes for a Rolling Stone. But I like all of his poems, at least all the ones that I have read. But I'm sure I'd like the ones I haven't

I 6-6-02 I own a locksmith business in Victoria, BC. On June 4/02 we had a service call to fit keys to a very old piece of furniture - a chet of drawers - for an old gentleman. One of my younger technicians went to the house to do the work, and brought the lock back to our shop for key making. When I saw the lock I realized it was a bona-fide antique, about 100 years old. My technician went on to explain that the owner told him the chest had belonged to some poet who once lived in Victoria - (the technician couldn't remember the name of the poet) who also lived in the Yukon. (I can't remember the details on how this old gentleman aquired the chest). I said to my technician, "do you mean Robert Service?" and he replied " Yes that's the name". Well my technician had never heard of Robert service before that so I promptly got onto the internet and found your site and printed up "The Cremation of Sam McGee" for him to read. Then I said to him " just like Paul Harvey says, you now have the rest of the story".

CM 6-3-02 Alaska was a sacred and spiritual experience for me - having arrived their as a yuppie computer programmer from Houston in 1988. I lived there for two summers and a winter and thrived on RWS. The beauty of the land RWS so clearly loved infected my spirit, too. I am now a minister, with a quirky sense of humor no doubt partly forged by many months of reading Bar-room ballads. It is amazing how much Robert Service wrestled with God in the midst of hard, ironic, and mundane life; don't we all.

JJW 5-30-02 As a child my grandfather recited "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" to me, at least once every week for years. When I grew old enough to appreciate verse on my own I read every thing I could by RWS. My favorites are "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" which I recite when ever someone will listen, and "The Gramophone of Fon du Lac".

RS 5-30-02 I am great grandson of Frederick J Service (born Lancashire 1869) who was Robert Service's uncle.

HI 5-29-02 Just about every poet has penned a great poem or two but I find that I love just about everything Robert Service has ever written. I think your web page is a wonderful tribute to him and I am forever grateful for having stumbled on to it. Keep up the good work!

WG 5-29-02 I am a missionary living in El Salvador so it was refreshing to be brought closer to home with this website. I grew up on PEI and lived in Vancouver for a bunch of years...keep up the good work favorite poem is the Ballad of Salvation Bill but it is hard to say you have a favourite with all the great stuff he has published.

K 5-28-02 Thank you for your site... my 8 year old daughter is doing a project on Whitehorse and I knew it wouldn't be complete without Robert Service. Yours was the most informative, complete and fun... very cool hearing his voice when you open it up!!!!

MB 5-28-02 My favorite is The Ballad of Salvation Bill. I love your site. Would like to hear him read his own poems. Is there a CD? Did he own any dogs? What kind? What was Jack London's opinion of him and what was his of Jack? I heard some guy made a real good living doing public readings of his work in Alaska, then came to Dallas to perform and jumped out a window while depressed. Do you know anything about that. Did anyone ever fill that guys shoes?

RW 5-26-02 Actually the one poem listed above (The Cremation of Sam McGee) is one that has been with me since my school days. The one that I like the most is - 'The Outlaw' but to place one of Robert Service's poem above another is so hard to do, they each paint a picture that is best enjoyed when you share it with another.

GB 5-26-02 The Ballad of the Black Fox Skin (but have never been able to find the whole poem).
AU The poem is in Ballads of a Cheechako.

JF 5-25-02 I discovered Robert Service in 1983 when I first heard Country Joe McDonald's 'War War War' album. I immediately fell in love with the record and have listened to it every Memorial Day and 4th of July since. For the past many years, I have included it in my 4th of July ritual, playing it in my music selections for the beach and the fireworks celebrations. My favorite poems (songs) are March of the Dead, Jean Desprez and The Song of the Pacifist. Thus far I've onlY read 'Songs of A Red Cross Man', which I own, but I continue trying to locate others. Oh yeah, Country Joe signed my copy of the 'War War War' album. It was a proud moment in my life.

MC 5-24-02 I think that this is a great place and I hope you keep up the good work on keeping the memory of Robert Service.

JD 5-16-02 Was desperately trying to find a copy of "The Men That Don't Fit In" for an adventure unit in the Communications 12 class that I teach. Most of the Robert Service books in our library are sorely lacking. Was pleased to find such a comprehensive site on my first Google hit. Thank you for all the effort you've put into this.

S 5-16-02 I am SO glad you made this site. It really helped me with my history project, with all the info and pics on Robert Service. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

TR 5-15-02 Great site! Keep up all of the enthusiasm and energy for Mr. Service's poems.

A 5-13-02 My favorite RWS poem is about that long sought, much loved little pest, the flea named LUCILLE
I discovered Robert W. Service by accident. I found Ballads Of A Bohemian in, of all places, a gas station in Iowa. I don't remember what I paid for the book, I bought several books at the time and paid less than a dollar for all. Of those books Robert W. is the only one I still have.
Inside of the front cover is the name Byron A. Russell, University of Chicago, 1921.
In the years I've had this book, I have moved several times, 3 of which I moved with what would fit i my car only. In 1990 I gave the book away to a man I had known for 3 days, my heart too.
Bill promised me the rest of his life. We just did not know it would only be 6 months. I gave him the book and my heart in April 1990, He died in a semi wreck in Oct. 1990.
I wish I had the ability to write a poem of those months.
Though all some how Robert W. Service has remained with me, though he is getting rather tattered.

MW 5-13-02 I was introduced to the joys of Service's poetry by Jean Shepard on his radio show in the early 70's, and I used to read the Cremation Of Sam McGee in high school poetry reading competitions.

LK 5-12-02 I bought a complete works of Robert Service in the 1950's. I would use Bessie's Boil, Dan McGrew, and Sam McGee, to lure others into reading his poems. I have never read anything about him, and am pleased I located this site.

C 5-7-02 Read "The Guest", Very good.

Lw 4-30-02 When a pre-teenager (1950's) my parents brought home from a resturant they had gone to, a copy of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew". I was hooked! I went to the library and read every thing they had, and was interested enough in the poet himself to look up his biography. Since then, I have haunted used book stores always on the lookout for the little gems that a book of Robert Service poetry is. I like the old books because of the feel and smell they have. When a senior in high school, I abused my English teacher with "stuff" I had written, hopelessly trying to emulate my two favorite poets, Robert Service and Rudyard Kipling. To this day, I occasionally pull one of my little "gems" out of the bookcase for a darn good read.

KS 4-25-02 Hats off to you! This site has superbly preserved Service's poems and kept his memory alive. I have always been fond of Service because his writings represent a time when men truly braved nature. This man lived! Again, great website!

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