The Song of the Bow
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
- in The White Company (1891 and various editions)
- in The Cornhill Magazine (february 1891 [UK])
- in The Sun (New York) (10 may 1891 [US])
- The Song of the Bow (1892, C. Sheard & Co. [UK])
- Song of the Bow (december 1898, Chappell & Co. [UK]) music score by Florence Aylward
- in Songs of Action (1898-1916, Smith, Elder & Co. [UK])
- in Songs of Action (august 1898, Charles Scribner's Sons [US])
- in Songs of Action (1898, Doubleday, Page & Co. [US])
- The Song of the Bow (march 1899, Chappell & Co. [UK])
- in The Book of the Army Pageant (may 1910, Sir Joseph Causton & Sons [UK])
- The Song of the Bow (december 1911, G. Schrimer [US])
- The Song of the Bow (1913, Chappell & Co. [UK])
- The Song of the Bow (1913, G. Schrimer Choruses for Men's Voices No. 5733 [US])
- in School Library Bulletin (february 1917 [US]) 1 ill. by N. C. Wyeth
- in Songs of Action (1918-1920, John Murray [UK])
- in The Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle (1922-1928, John Murray [UK])
- The Song of the Bow (september 1930, G. Schrimer [US])
- in The Sacramento Bee (17 october 1931 [US]) extract
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 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 you!
To the hearts that are true
And the land where the true hearts dwell.
Gramophone Reading (1920)
In march 1920, a 78rpm gramophone recording was made by Norman Allin and issued on Columbia Records (UK).
Radio Show (1937)