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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Minstrel Tales Archers of Geoff (repost)



Minstrel Tales Archers of Geoff

Archers of Geoff

What of the bow?
The bow was made in Geoff:
Of true wood, of Hornwood.
The wood of Geoff bows;

So men who are free
Love the old Hornwood tree
And the land where the Hornwood grows.

What of the cord?
The cord was made in Geoff:
A rough cord, a tough cord,
A cord that bowmen love;

So we'll drain our jacks
To the Geoff flax
And the land where the hemp was wove.

What of the shaft?
The shaft was cut in Geoff:
A long shaft, a strong shaft,
Barbed and trim and true;

So we'll drink together
To the Grey goose feather
And the land where the gray goose flew.

What of the men?
The men were bred in Geoff:
The bowman - the yeoman -
The lads of dale and fell

Here's to you - and to you!
To hearts that are true
And the land where the true heart dwells.


(Originally 'The Outland Bowmen' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from 'The White Company') (and thanks to Rip Wormer for adding the Hornwood)

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