Brave Coward

Robert William Service 1874 – 1958

Elisabeth imagines I've
  A yellow streak
She deems I have no dash and drive,
  Jest dogoned weak.
'A man should be a man,' says Liz
  'Trade blow for blow.'
Poor kid! What my position is
  She jest don't know.

She jest don't know my old man killed,
  Yea, slew and slew.
As steamy blood he sweetly spilled,
  So could I too.
And though no wrath of heart I show
  When I see red,
I fear no S. O. B. but oh
  Myself I dread.

Though fellers reckon me a dope
  And trigger-shy,
'Tain't nice to dangle on a rope,
  And like Pa die.
So as I belly to the bar
  Meek is my breath . . .
No guts! --Don't needle me too far,
  Elizabeth!

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Robert William Service

Robert William Service was a poet and writer sometimes referred to as the Bard of the Yukon He is best-known for his writings on the Canadian North including the poems The Shooting of Dan McGrew The Law of the Yukon and The Cremation of Sam McGee His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector not the later-arriving bank clerk he actually was Robert William Service was born 16 January 1874 in Preston England but also lived in Scotland before emigrating to Canada in 1894 Service went to the Yukon Territory in 1904 as a bank clerk and became famous for his poems about this region which are mostly in his first two books of poetry He wrote quite a bit of prose as well and worked as a reporter for some time but those writings are not nearly as well known as his poems He travelled around the world quite a bit and narrowly escaped from France at the beginning of the Second World War during which time he lived in Hollywood California He died 11 September 1958 in France Incidentally he played himself in a movie called The Spoilers starring John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich more…

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