| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Robert William Service (18741958)|
|QUOTATION:||I wanted the gold, and I sought it;|
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvyI fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it
Came out with a fortune last fall,
Yet somehow lifes not what I thought it,
And somehow the gold isnt all.
No! Theres the land. (Have you seen it?)
Its the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
To the deep, deathlike valleys below.
Some say God was tired when He made it;
Some say its a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but theres some as would trade it
For no land on earthand Im one.
|ATTRIBUTION:||ROBERT W. SERVICE, The Spell of the Yukon, stanzas 1 and 2, The Spell of the Yukon, p. 15 (1961).|