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By Robert Service

Verses chronicling the Klondike gold rush and immortalizing the colourful characters of the Yukon Territory, selected from the author's prior collections "The spell of the Yukon" and "Ballads of a Cheechako".

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Fearless, unfound, unfitted, far from the night and the cold, Heard we the clarion summons, followed the master-lureGold! Men from the sands of the Sunland; men from the woods of the West; Men from the farms and the cities, into the Northland we pressed. " Never was seen such an army, pitiful, futile, unfit; Never was seen such a spirit, manifold courage and grit. Never has been such a cohort under one banner unrolled As surged to the ragged-edged Arctic, urged by the arch-tempterGold. " we cried to our dearests; little we cared for their tears.

I prospected the Pelly bed, I prospected the White; The Nordenscold for love of gold I piked from morn till night; Afar and near for many a year I led the wild stampede, Until I guessed that all my quest was vanity and greed. "Then came I to a land I knew no man had ever seen, A haggard land, forlornly spanned by mountains lank and lean; Page 48 The nitchies said 'twas full of dread, of smoke and fiery breath, And no man dare put foot in there for fear of pain and death. "But I was made all unafraid, so, careless and alone, Day after day I made my way into that land unknown; Night after night by camp-fire light I crouched in lonely thought; Oh, gentle youth, this is the truth I knew not what I sought.

25 The Trail of 'Ninety-Eight Gold! We leapt from our benches. Gold!  .  . 35 The Ballad of the Northern Lights One of the Down and Outthat's me. Stare at me well, aye, stare! 36 Comfort Say!  . 46 Page vi The Ballad of Gum-Boot Ben He was an old prospector with a vision bleared and dim.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ? 112 The Lure of Little Voices There's a cry from out the lonelinessoh, listen, Honey, listen!  .  .  .  .  .  .  .?  .  .  .  .  .  .

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