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Poem by Arthur Conan Doyle

Songs of Action (1898). 1. The 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 well 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 oer 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.
      			Heres to you  and to you!
      			To the hearts that are true
And the land where the true hearts dwell. 

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's other poems:
  1. Songs of the Road (1911). 8. The Outcasts
  2. Songs of the Road (1911). 17. Man's Limitation
  3. The Guards Came Through (1919). 6. Ypres
  4. Songs of the Road (1911). 13. Compensation
  5. Songs of the Road (1911). 4. A Post-Impressionist

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