Everyday life · Quoted

The arrow and the song by H.W. Longfellow

I found this poem behind the door of a toilet in a cafe in St Ives. I’ve forgotten the name of the cafe now, but will upload the photographs of the cafe later. Hopefully, someone would be kind enough to tell me the name of the cafe. It was lovely really, on the beach front, near the end of the row of shops. It had cartoonish portraits of people with really huge nose.

THE ARROW AND THE SONG

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.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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