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L’envoi [from ‘The Spell of the Yukon’]
by [?]


You who have lived in the land,
You who have trusted the trail,
You who are strong to withstand,
You who are swift to assail:
Songs have I sung to beguile,

Vintage of desperate years,

Hard as a harlot’s smile,

Bitter as unshed tears.

Little of joy or mirth,
Little of ease I sing;
Sagas of men of earth
Humanly suffering,
Such as you all have done;

Savagely faring forth,

Sons of the midnight sun,

Argonauts of the North.

Far in the land God forgot
Glimmers the lure of your trail;
Still in your lust are you taught
Even to win is to fail.
Still you must follow and fight

Under the vampire wing;

There in the long, long night

Hoping and vanquishing.

Husbandman of the Wild,
Reaping a barren gain;
Scourged by desire, reconciled
Unto disaster and pain;
These, my songs, are for you,

You who are seared with the brand.

God knows I have tried to be true;

Please God you will understand.