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The Younger Son - Poem by Robert William Service

If you leave the gloom of London and you seek a glowing land,
Where all except the flag is strange and new,
There's a bronzed and stalwart fellow who will grip you by the hand,
And greet you with a welcome warm and true;
For he's your younger brother, the one you sent away
Because there wasn't room for him at home;
And now he's quite contented, and he's glad he didn't stay,
And he's building Britain's greatness o'er the foam.

When the giant herd is moving at the rising of the sun,
And the prairie is lit with rose and gold,
And the camp is all abustle, and the busy day's begun,
He leaps into the saddle sure and bold.
Through the round of heat and hurry, through the racket and the rout,
He rattles at a pace that nothing mars;
And when the night-winds whisper and camp-fires flicker out,
He is sleeping like a child beneath the stars.

When the wattle-blooms are drooping in the sombre she-oak glade,
And the breathless land is lying in a swoon,
He leaves his work a moment, leaning lightly on his spade,
And he hears the bell-bird chime the Austral noon.
The parrakeets are silent in the gum-tree by the creek;
The ferny grove is sunshine-steeped and still;
But the dew will gem the myrtle in the twilight ere he seek
His little lonely cabin on the hill.

Around the purple, vine-clad slope the argent river dreams;
The roses almost hide the house from view;
A snow-peak of the Winterberg in crimson splendor gleams;
The shadow deepens down on the karroo.
He seeks the lily-scented dusk beneath the orange tree;
His pipe in silence glows and fades and glows;
And then two little maids come out and climb upon his knee,
And one is like the lily, one the rose.

He sees his white sheep dapple o'er the green New Zealand plain,
And where Vancouver's shaggy ramparts frown,
When the sunlight threads the pine-gloom he is fighting might and main
To clinch the rivets of an Empire down.
You will find him toiling, toiling, in the south or in the west,
A child of nature, fearless, frank, and free;
And the warmest heart that beats for you is beating in his breast,
And he sends you loyal greeting o'er the sea.

You've a brother in the army, you've another in the Church;
One of you is a diplomatic swell;
You've had the pick of everything and left him in the lurch,
And yet I think he's doing very well.
I'm sure his life is happy, and he doesn't envy yours;
I know he loves the land his pluck has won;
And I fancy in the years unborn, while England's fame endures,
She will come to bless with pride -- The Younger Son.


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Poems About Son

  1. 51. The Younger Son , Robert William Service
  2. 52. Time Of The Son , LLM Mbatha
  3. 53. Father, Son, Spirit , Teresa Gonzalez-Lee
  4. 54. To His Son, Vincent Corbet , Richard Corbet
  5. 55. Son Davie! Son Davie! , Andrew Lang
  6. 56. Sailor Son , Robert William Service
  7. 57. The Son Of The Evening Star , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. 58. Son, Say No To Drugs.... , Ravi Sathasivam
  9. 59. To My Elder Son (Deliverance) , Valsa George
  10. 60. 0178 Mother And Son , Michael Shepherd
  11. 61. My Son, My Precious One , Sally Campbell
  12. 62. Anyone, Everyone's Son , jerry hughes
  13. 63. Just Why The Son Was Given , Bob Gotti
  14. 64. Happy Birthday Son (Feb 19-2nd Bday) , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  15. 65. If I Had A Son , hamid kareem
  16. 66. A Mother's Heart Breaks For Her Son - (J.. , Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson
  17. 67. To My Son On His Wedding Day , Agim Bacelli
  18. 68. To Our Son With Love , hewitt hardy
  19. 69. Son Of The Moon , Aldo Kraas
  20. 70. Father And Son In The Second Person , Matt Mullins
  21. 71. My Son , Scott Austin
  22. 72. Mother To Son , Mamta Agarwal
  23. 73. Prayer To The Son Of God , Raluca Rodica Ratiu
  24. 74. Burden Of Adam's Son.......Intertwined L.. , saadat tahir
  25. 75. The Mother Believes Her Son , Francis Duggan
  26. 76. I Am My Father's Son , Randy McClave
  27. 77. (parable, Part 1) Nowhere: The Prodigal.. , David Lovell
  28. 78. Father And Son , Arti Honrao
  29. 79. The Son Of A Fisherman , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  30. 80. The Prodigal Son , Sandra Martyres
  31. 81. Goodbye (From A Son To His Mom) , Edward Anderson
  32. 82. Bloodline ***** Mother-Son Mental Conver.. , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  33. 83. Sonnet: Like Father, So Son , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  34. 84. The Parson's Son , Robert William Service
  35. 85. A Son Was Born To A Poor Peasant , Fyodor Sologub
  36. 86. When The Son Makes The Mistake , RIC S. BASTASA
  37. 87. Your Son , jennifer marcelino
  38. 88. The Son Is Sold. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  39. 89. The Son I Never Knew I Had , Florence P. Wordsmith
  40. 90. My Son, You Can Make It , Ashley Jackson
  41. 91. The Chosen Son , ~~~ Leaven ~~~
  42. 92. Father Like Son , keturah bailey
  43. 93. Ode To King Saul's Son , Frederick Kesner
  44. 94. The Prodigal Son , lilly mandrell
  45. 95. My Son , Robert William Service
  46. 96. Son-In-Law You'Ll Never Be , Bernice Shipman
  47. 97. Parable Of The Prodigal Son , Rajaram Ramachandran
  48. 98. Super Basketball Son , Carol Pelletier
  49. 99. He Is His Father's Son , Francis Duggan
  50. 100. Mother's Day (From A Son) , JAMES T. ADAIR
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