The Land God Forgot
By: Robert Service
Along the Chilkoot Trail, Alaska

 
The land God Forgot
 
The lonely sunsets flare forlorn
Down valleys dreadly desolate;
The lordly mountains soar in scorn
As still as death, as stern as fate.
 
The lonely sunsets flame and die;
The gaint valleys gulp the night;
The monster mountains scrape the sky,
Where eager stars are diamond-bright.
 
So gaunt against the gibbous moon,
Piercing the silence velvet-piled,
A lone wolf howles his ancient rune -
The fell arch-spirit of the Wild
 
O outcast land! O leper land!
Let the lone wolf-cry all express
The hate insensate of thy hand,
Thy heart's abyssmal loneliness.
 
                                          R. Service
Service, Robert The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses, Philadelphia: Edward Stern & Co., Inc., 1911, Page 10
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