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Ballads of a Cheechako

Excerpt from Ballads of a Cheechako To the Man of the High North My rhymes are rough, and often in my rhymingI've drifted, silver-sailed, on seas of dream, Hearing afar the bells of Elfland chiming, Seeing the groves of Arcadie agleam. I was the thrall of Beauty that rejoicesFrom peak snow-diademed to regal star;Yet to mine aerie ever pierced the voices, The pregnant voices of the Things That Are. The Here, the Now, the vast Forlorn around us;The gold-delirium, the ferine strife;The lusts that lure us on, the hates that hound us;Our red rags in the patch-work quilt of Life. The nameless men who nameless rivers travel, And in strange valleys greet strange deaths alone;The grim, intrepid ones who would unravelThe mysteries that shroud the Polar Zone. These will I sing, and if one of you lingerOver my pages in the Long, Long Night, And on some lone line lay a calloused finger, Saying: "Its human-true - it hits me right;"Then will I count this loving toil well spent;Then will I dream awhile - content, content. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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