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Engrave this Quote I wrote a poem to the moon
But no one noticed it;
Although I hoped that late or soon
Someone would praise a bit
Its purity and grace forlone,
Its beauty tulip-cool...
But as my poem died still-born,
I felt a fool.

I wrote a verse of vulgar trend
Spiced with an oath or two;
I tacked a snapper at the end
And called it Dan McGrew.
I spouted it to bar-room boys,
Full fifty years away;
Yet still with rude and ribald noise
It lives today.

'Tis bitter truth, but there you are-
That's how a name is made;
Write of a rose, a lark, a star,
You'll never make the grade.
But write of gutter and of grime,
Of pimp and prostitute,
The multitude will read your rhyme,
And pay to boot.

So what's the use to burn and bleed
And strive for beauty's sake?
No one your poetry will read,
Your heart will only break.
But set your song in vulgar pitch,
If rhyme you will not rue,
And make your heroine a bitch...
Like Lady Lou.
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-Robert William Service, My Cross
Discovery
Engrave this Quote Why seek to scale Mount Everest,
Queen of the Air,
Why strive to crown that cruel crest
And deathward dare?
Said Mallory of dauntless quest
'Because it's there.'
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-Robert William Service, Dauntless Quest
Promises
Engrave this Quote A promise made is a debt unpaid.
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-Robert William Service
Sleep
Engrave this Quote Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
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-Robert William Service, Weary, first lines
Time
Engrave this Quote My pipe is out, my glass is dry;
My fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go,
And I prepare to meet the New;
Old Year! a parting word that's true,
For we've been comrades, you and I--
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!
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-Robert William Service, The Passing of the Year
Travel
Engrave this Quote There’s a land where the mountains are nameless,
And the rivers all run God knows where;
There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair;
There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still;
There’s a land — oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back — and I will.

http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/service_r_w/spell_yukon.html
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-Robert William Service, The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses. Publishers: Barse & Co. New York, N.Y., Newark, N.J.. Copyright, 1916

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