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Ah: for, just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To
find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing;
one warm line through a land so wild and savage And
make a Northwest Passage to the sea Westward.
from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie The
sea route to the Orient for which so many died Seeking;
gold and glory leaving, weathered broken, bones And
a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones Three.
centuries thereafter I, take passage overland In
the footsteps of brave Kelso where, his "sea of flowers" began Watching
cities rise before me then, behind me sink again This
tardiest explorer driving, hard across the plain And.
through the night behind, the wheel the, mileage clicking west I
think upon Mackenzie David, Thompson and the rest Who
cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me To
race the roaring Fraser to the sea How.
then am I so different from the first men through this way Like?
them I, left a settled life I, threw it all away To.
seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men To
find there but the road back home again

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