The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

by
Robert W. Service

The Tramps


Can you recall, dear comrade,
  when we tramped God's land together,
And we sang the old, old Earth-song,
  for our youth was very sweet;
When we drank and fought and lusted,
  as we mocked at tie and tether,
Along the road to Anywhere, the wide world at our feet --

Along the road to Anywhere, when each day had its story;
When time was yet our vassal, and life's jest was still unstale;
When peace unfathomed filled our hearts
  as, bathed in amber glory,
Along the road to Anywhere we watched the sunsets pale?

Alas! the road to Anywhere is pitfalled with disaster;
There's hunger, want, and weariness, yet O we loved it so!
As on we tramped exultantly, and no man was our master,
And no man guessed what dreams were ours,
  as, swinging heel and toe,
We tramped the road to Anywhere, the magic road to Anywhere,
The tragic road to Anywhere, such dear, dim years ago.



©1907 Robert W. Service

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