On this day Robert Service was born in the year 1874.
He roamed around and hardly settled down ‘till he knocked upon Dawson’s door.
In that Yukon town, he wrote lots of poems down
about men who dug gold from the cold, cold ground.
His poems became known far and wide and paid a handsome sum.
His most famous poem is about a man who cremated his unlucky chum.
The Cremation of Sam McGee
was published for all to see
in the book Songs of a Sourdough.
If you have never read it you can hear it in a Youtube link below.
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