The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167850   Message #4053207
Posted By: cnd
18-May-20 - 12:38 AM
Thread Name: Manly Wade Wellman
Subject: RE: Manly Wade Wellman
Oops, left off the final song on the previous post!

A Farewell to Arms
"Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers and fading seen--
Duty, faith, love, are roots and ever green...."

This song's introduction in the book ("the song I sang is really an old song") is no exaggeration: the poem dates to 1590. Originally written as a lyric poem for the retirement of Queen Elizabeth I's champion knight, the original song's them of an ageing but valiant man's increased youth over time fits ironically with the story's resurrection of the once-deceased Jeremiah Donovant by way of a dumb supper.