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Famous Great Divide Poems by Famous Poets

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by Clark, Badger me, sometimes, when I turn aside,
  And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
    That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.
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by Service, Robert William
I've mocked at those who prate and preach;
I've laughed with any man alive;
But now with sobered heart I reach
The Great Divide of Thirty-five.

And looking back I must confess
I've little cause to feel elate.
I've played the mummer more or less;
I fumbled fortune, flouted fate.
I've vastly dreamed and little done;
I've idly watched my brothers strive:
Oh, I have loitered in the sun
By primrose paths to Thirty-five!

And those who matched me in the race,
Well...Read More

by Service, Robert William
And where the Mare of Oregon?
What's come of Violet de Vere,
Claw-fingered Kate and Gumboot Sue?
They've crossed the Great Divide, I fear;
Remembered now by just a few.

A few who like myself can see
Through half a century of haze
A heap of goodness in their glee
And kindness in their wanton ways.
Alas, my sourdough days are dead,
Yet let me toss a tankard down . . .
Here's hoping that you wed and bred,
And lives of circumspection led,
Gay dance-hall gi...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ough-share beat. 
Is there ever a man in the world alive 
To sing the song of the Wheat! 
It's west by south of the Great Divide 
The grim grey plains run out, 
Where the old flock-masters lived and died 
In a ceaseless fight with drought. 
Weary with waiting and hope deferred 
They were ready to own defeat, 
Till at last they heard the master-word— 
And the master-word was Wheat. 

Yarran and Myall and Box and Pine— 
’Twas axe and fire for all; 
They scarce could...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...e a squaw with a story strange,
Of a long-deserted line of traps 'way back of the Bighorn range;
Of a little hut by the great divide, and a white man stiff and still,
Lying there by his lonesome self, and I figured it must be Bill.
So I thought of the contract I'd made with him, and I took down from the shelf
The swell black box with the silver plate he'd picked out for hisself;
And I packed it full of grub and "hooch", and I slung it on the sleigh;
Then I harnessed up my...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
Thus ended a wasted life and hard, 
Of energies misapplied -- 
Old Bob was out of the "swagman's yard" 
And over the Great Divide. 

The drought came down on the field and flock, 
And never a raindrop fell, 
Though the tortured moans of the starving stock 
Might soften a fiend from hell. 
And we thought of the hint that the swagman gave 
When he went to the Great Unseen -- 
We shovelled the skeleton out of the grave 
To see what his hint might mean. 

We dug ...Read More

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