"The Fair Toxophilites" by William Powell Frith Longfellow’s ‘The Arrow and the Song’ Put to Music by Gunny Markefka The Society June 25, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Music, Poetry 4 Comments . Listen to “Arrow Song” by Gunny Markefka, with lyrics from Longfellow. “Arrow Song” is from his album Arrow Songs, which features songs with lyrics from Shakespeare, Blake, Cowper, Milton, Byron, and Bulwer-Lytton. The album can be previewed and purchased here. https://classicalpoets.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/01-Arrow-Song.mp3 . The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroke; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend. . . NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Paul Freeman June 25, 2021 Wow! That’s pretty darn good. Reply Sally Cook June 25, 2021 Interesting take – the best lyricists are always poets. Thanks for joining us ! Reply James A. Tweedie June 25, 2021 Gunny, Nicely composed. Nicely arranged. Nicely produced. Nicely performed. Real nice. Really nice. Better than nice. Really, really good. And beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. Please share with us again. The interface of poetry and music, when joined by a skilled and inspired artist, uplifts both the words and the music–as you and your music have done with Longfellow’s poem. Reply Lucia Haase June 25, 2021 A pleasure to read! Thank you. Lucia Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.