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 …

When I am dead I will not care
  Forever more,
If sky be radiantly fair
  Or tempest roar.
If my life-hoard in sin be spent,
  My wife re-wed,--
I'll be so damned indifferent
  When I am dead.
When I meet up with dusty doom
  What if I rest
In common ditch or marble tomb,
  If curst or blest?
Shall my seed be to wealth or fame,
  Or gallows led,--
To me it will be all the same
  When I am dead.

So say for me no pious prayer,
  Be no tear shed;
In nothingness I cannot care,
  I'll be so dead.
I shall not reck of war or peace
  When I go hence:
Lord, let me win sublime release,--