Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Song of the Bow

What of the bow?
The bow was made in England:
Of true wood, of yew-wood,
The wood of English bows;
So men who are free
Love the old yew-tree
And the land where the yew-tree grows.

What of the cord?
The cord was made in England:
A rough cord, a tough cord,
A cord that bowmen love;
And so we will sing
Of the hempen string
And the land where the cord was wove.

What of the shaft?
The shaft was cut in England:
A long shaft, a strong shaft,
Barbed and trim and true;
So we’ll drink all together
To the grey goose-feather
And the land where the grey goose flew.

What of the mark?
Ah, seek it not in England,
A bold mark, our old mark
Is waiting over-sea.
When the strings harp in chorus,
And the lion flag is o’er us,
It is there that our mark will be.

What of the men?
The men were bred in England:
The bowmen—the yeomen,
The lads of dale and fell.
Here’s to you—and to yew!
To the hearts that are true
And the land where the true hearts dwell.

-Arthur Conan Doyle

4 Comments:

Blogger kaelak said...

Love, love, love it!

January 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Provender Place said...

Great poem. Thanks for sharing. So what's on your reading list? We're currently reading 10 Acres Enough aloud in the evenings.

January 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger 3 Dogs Barking Farms said...

Im reading Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders right now and this total reminds me of it!

January 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger acupuncturepxie said...

Rereading the little house on the prarie series. So inspiring.

January 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM  

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