Rhymes of a Rolling Stone
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Rhymes of a Rolling Stone is a 1912 book of poetry by Robert W. Service. Poems in the book include: A Rolling Stone; The Soldier of Fortune; The Gramaphone at Fond-Du-Lac; The Land of Beyond; Athabaska Dick; The Nostomaniac; The Blind and the Dead; The Headliner and the Breadliner; The Mountain and the Lake; Dreams Are Best; Death in the Arctic; While the Bannock Bakes, and many more.
This book has 159 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1912.
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Excerpt from 'Rhymes of a Rolling Stone'
I sing no idle songs of dalliance days,
No dreams Elysian inspire my rhyming;
I have no Celia to enchant my lays,
No pipes of Pan have set my heart to chiming.
I am no wordsmith dripping gems divine
Into the golden chalice of a sonnet;
If love songs witch you, close this book of mine,
Waste no time on it.
Yet bring I to my work an eager joy,
A lusty love of life and all things human;
Still in me leaps the wonder of the boy,
A pride in man, a deathless faith in woman.
Still red blood calls, still rings the valiant fray;
Adventure beacons through the summer gloaming:
Oh long and long and long will be the day
Ere I come homing!