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Robert W. Service
Robert William Service (January 16, 1874 September 11, 1958) was a poet and writer. He is most well known for his writings on the Canadian North, including the poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee". Service was born into a Scottish family while they were living in Preston, England. He was schooled in Scotland, attending Hillhead High School in Glasgow. He moved to Canada at the age of 21 when he gave up his job working in a Glasgow bank and traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia with his Buffalo Bill outfit and dreams of becoming a cowboy. Hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce, he was posted to the bank's branch in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Inspired by the vast beauty of the Yukon wilderness, Service started writing his poetry about the things he saw.

sonnet xciv: they that have power to hurt and will do none
 
 
They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,... [read poem]
sonnet cxlvi: poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
 
 
Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
[......] these rebel powers that thee array,
Why... [read poem]
sonnet cvi: when in the chronicle of wasted time
 
 
When in the chronicle of wasted time
I see descriptions of the fairest wights,
And beauty ... [read poem]
full fadom fiue thy father lies
 
 
Full fadom five thy Father lies,
Of his bones are Corrall made:
Those are pearles that... [read poem]
sonnet xxv: let those who are in favour with their stars
 
 
Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whil... [read poem]
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