”The Song of the Bow”

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”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.

kirjailija_Sir_Arthur_Conan_DoyleWhat 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.”

Arthur Conan Doyle

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