Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Robert William Service (18741958)
I wanted the gold, and I sought it; I scrabbled and mucked like a slave. Was it famine or scurvyI fought it; I hurled my youth into a grave. I wanted the gold, and I got it Came out with a fortune last fall, Yet somehow lifes not what I thought it, And somehow the gold isnt all.
No! Theres the land. (Have you seen it?) Its the cussedest land that I know, From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it To the deep, deathlike valleys below. Some say God was tired when He made it; Some say its a fine land to shun; Maybe; but theres some as would trade it For no land on earthand Im one.
ROBERT W. SERVICE, The Spell of the Yukon, stanzas 1 and 2, The Spell of the Yukon, p. 15 (1961).