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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

The Bowmen’s Song

By Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)

From ‘The White Company’

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;

So we’ll drain our jacks

To the English flax

And the land where the hemp 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 gray goose feather,

And the land where the gray goose flew.

What of the men?

The men were bred in England:

The bowman—the yeoman—

The lads of dale and fell.

Here’s to you—and to you!

To the hearts that are true

And the land where the true hearts dwell.