Friday, July 13, 2007

The Land of Beyond


Have ever you heard of the land of beyond,
That dreams at the gates of the day?
Alluring it lies at the skirts of the skies,
And ever so far away;
Alluring it calls: O ye the yoke galls' And ye of the trail overfond,
With saddle and pack, by paddle and track'
Let's go to the Land of Beyond!

Have ever you stood where the silences brood,
And vast the horizons begin,
The goal you would strive for and win?
Yet ah! In the night when you gain to the height,
With the vast pool of heaven star-spawned,
Afar and gleam, like a valley of dream,
Still mocks you a Land of Beyond.

Thanks God! There is always a Land of Beyond,
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A fairness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal'
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond

Robert Service

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did you know...there once was a certain young marine officer whose favorite poet was Robert Service? He loved to quote lines from his poems. This young officer also was fascinated by the "land of beyond". For him that beyond was the boundless blue skies once he left the bonds of earth. His quest took him to lands faraway and beyond, and those he left behind were bound to wait on his return. And the man who left was not the man who returned...he left a part of himself in the land beyond.