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A little Shakespeare

November 3, 2006

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 ourlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
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 Crispin’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 their mouths as household words,-
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloster,-
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
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 accurst they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap wiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

An exert from the Saint Crispin’s day Speech in Shakespeare’s Henry The Fifth, one of my favorite scenes in any of Shakespeare’s plays, and definitely one of the most moving speeches that I’ve ever read (even if it is fictional).

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy into all that good gov’t bullshit that is crammed down our throats all through school and the media seems to be so bent on selling us, but this speech… this speech makes me want to take up arms and fight against whoever it is that is our enemy at the time.

If only Jr. had the ability to speak so eloquently.

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