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Songs of a Sourdough

Robert W. Service

Book Overview: 

Collection of Poems

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It seems it's been since the beginning;
It seems it will be to the end.
I've stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
That's plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I've watched the big, husky sun wallow
In 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.
[23] 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 y. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I find reviewing poetry really difficult, so I don't have anything particularly brilliant to say. I loved this book a lot. It's authentic Canadian pioneer days, gold rush stuff, and it's got the meter of Scottish drinking songs. I read quite a lot of it out loud -- couldn't help it, it begs to be su

Poetry written during the gold rush is so interesting. I really enjoyed this collection. My favourite poem was The Song of the Wage-Slave. It really resonated with me…which is weird due to the message of it but whatever lol

Struggling young authors are often advised to write about the world they know best - a good rule, but one that needs to be broken now and again. The Anglo-Scottish writer Robert Service gave us some of the classic poems of the Canadian gold rush, when his knowledge of mining was precisely nil.

He was

A wonderful collection of verse. They sometimes are overly sentimental, sappy, or dramatic, but there are a few real gems in there. Aside from favorites such as "Sam McGee" and "Dan McGrew" I really liked "The Three Voices".

My first introduction to Robert Service's poetry was from a tape recording

My parents’ evangelical church is doing a year-long study of the book of Acts, which I think is really neat, because that book has (in my view) some of the most explicitly communist passages in the Christian testament. Even conservative readings of that book are fairly demanding on one’s ethics. Hop

Fate has written a tragedy; its name is 'the human heart.'


I am the land that listens, I am the land that broods;
Steeped in eternal beauty, crystalline waters and woods.
Long have I waited lonely, shunned as a thing accurst,
Monstrous, moody, pathetic, the last of the lands and the first;
Visioning c

"Fate has written a tragedy; its name is 'the human heart'."

I've admired Service's work since I was a teenager. Back then his poems ("This is the tale that was told to me by the man with the crystal eye") spoke to me of all the excitement and adventure that I hoped to one day have in the faraway pla

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