January 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, Robert W. Service (1874-1958)

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar
And he wore a smile you could see a mile,
and he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm --
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
it's the first time I've been warm."
—Robert W. Service

Source: Extract from The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service in his collection poems The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses published 1907
Today is the birthday of Robert W. Service, born in Preston, England in 1874 and died in Lancieux, Côtes-d'Armor, in Brittany, France on September 11, 1958.
It has been a tradition and an honor of mine to recite this poem (from the heart) at the campfire during our Annual Men's Gatherings, for the last 14 years at Buffalo Gap Camp, Capon Bridge, West Virgina.

Posted by niganit at January 16, 2007 7:58 AM
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