The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)

"...the moon is rising red above thy grief-bowed head: thy roses are all shed. ..."

At Columbine’s Grave


first few bars of sheet music fading out into a circle. Musical instruction, 'With a tender and delicate feeling'.


28: At Columbine’s Grave

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Sophie Bevan

Shaw’s song dedication is To John Masefield. The two men had known each other in Shaw’s bohemian years in Chelsea, and went on to work together on projects in the late 1920s and early 1930s, in particular A Masque of Liverpool, created specially for the opening of Liverpool Cathedral.

Bliss Carman was a celebrated Canadian poet, regarded as Canada’s poet laureate in his later years.


Bliss Carman (1861 - 1929) from Ballads and Lyrics 1902 J B Cramer; Edward Schuberth, New York; W.H. Paling, Sydney 1923 currently out of print