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The Spell Of The Yukon Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Service Type: Poetry Views: 139

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The Spell of the Yukon and Other VersesI wanted the gold, and I sought it,I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.

Was it famine or scurvy -- I fought it;I hurled my youth into a grave.

I wanted the gold, and I got it --Came out with a fortune last fall, --

Yet somehow life's not what I thought it,And somehow the gold isn't all.No! There's the land. (Have you seen it?)It's the cussedest land that I know,

From the big, dizzy mountains that screen itTo the deep, deathlike valleys below.

Some say God was tired when He made it;Some say it's a fine land to shun;

Maybe; but there's some as would trade itFor no land on earth -- and I'm one.You come to get rich (damned good reason);You feel like an exile at first;

You hate it like hell for a season,And then you are worse than the worst.

It grips you like some kinds of sinning;It twists you from foe to a friend;

It seems it's been since the beginning;It seems it will be to the end.I've stood in some mighty-mouthed hollowThat's plumb-full of hush to the brim;

I've watched the big, husky sun wallowIn crimson and gold, and grow dim,

Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;

And I've thought that I surely was dreaming,With the peace o' the world piled on top.The summer -- no sweeter was ever;The sunshiny woods all athrill;

The grayling aleap in the river,The bighorn asleep on the hill.

The strong life that never knows harness;The wilds where the caribou call;

The freshness, the freedom, the farness --O God! how I'm stuck on it all.The winter! the brightness that blinds you,The white land locked tight as a drum,

The cold fear that follows and finds you,The silence that bludgeons you dumb.

The snows that are older than history,The woods where the weird shadows slant;

The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,I've bade 'em good-by -- but I can't.There's a land where the mountains are nameless,And the rivers all run God knows where;

There are lives that are erring and aimless,And deaths that just hang by a hair;

There are hardships that nobody reckons;There are valleys unpeopled and still;

There's a land -- oh, it beckons and beckons,And I want to go back -- and I will.They're making my money diminish;I'm sick of the taste of champagne.

Thank God! when I'm skinned to a finishI'll pike to the Yukon again.

I'll fight -- and you bet it's no sham-fight;It's hell! -- but I've been there before;

And it's better than this by a damnsite --So me for the Yukon once more.There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting;It's luring me on as of old;

Yet it isn't the gold that I'm wantingSo much as just finding the gold.

It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,It's the forests where silence has lease;

It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,It's the stillness that fills me with peace.


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