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On this day in 1415 -- the greatest speech was ever made...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TigerVols, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Well, at least as Shakespeare wrote it 200 years later, leaving the rest of us to curse not being there!

    What's he that wishes so?
    My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
    If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I posted this on the Shakespeare thread a while back. Magnificent.
  3. Loved that part in Renaissance Man.
  4. Flash

    Flash Guest

    I have chills.
  5. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    10/25/1400 Geofrey Chaucer, dies in London
    10/25/1492 Christopher Columbus and ship Santa Maria land in Dominican Republic
    10/25/1854 Charge of Light Brigade (Battle of Balaklava, Crimean War), 409 die
    10/25/1881 Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Clanton engage in "Shootout at OK Corral"
  6. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Fixed for historical accuracy, 'Yab. Good stuff.

    And Henry V's speech as chronicled by the Bard? Can't argue with TigerVols. It's oratorical platinum.
  7. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Didn't Henry say this on the eve of the battle, which would have been 10-24-1415?
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    October 25 1986, Game 6 Boston Red Sox v. New York Mets, World Series
  9. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Always depicted in the movies as taking place after dawn on the day of battle, at least in the Branaugh and Olivier versions ...
  10. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I never knew that. Billy Zane recited that speech on stage in "Tombstone," remember?
  11. westcoastvol

    westcoastvol Active Member

    Hey Shakespeare-paragraphs, you fucker!
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