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

"in the stillness we hearkened: our hearts sang together."



first few bars of sheet music fading out in a circle shape


11: Bab-Lock-Hythe

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Andrew Kennedy

Bab-Lock-Hythe is the name of a small hamlet on the Upper Thames in Oxfordshire, where there was a ferry crossing from at least 1279 until the 2000s.

It was a popular place for young lovers to go pleasure-boating at the time Binyon wrote the poem, and boats can still be hired there today.

Laurence Binyon is a celebrated poet. He was one of the circle of friends Shaw knew in Hampstead before his marriage. Binyon worked in the Printed Books collection of the British Museum, (now the British Library).


The song dedication To Gordon Craig was not Shaw’s first to his old friend. One of his earliest songs, Weep You No More Sad Fountains, published in 1904, is also dedicated to him.



Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943) from England and Other Poems, E. Matthews, London 1909 Curwen 1919 currently out of print