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The Meaning of It All

or, There and Back Again

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jengrrrl posted a Shakespeare meme. What a great idea. If the Swan of Avon only knew where his work would be...

Y'all know I love Shakespeare. This isn't the full speech, but it's the part most frequently quoted.

This day is called the Feast of Crispian:
He that outlives 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 see this day, and live 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 his mouth as household words,
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
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 accursed they were not here;
And hold their manhoods cheap, whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

--Henry V, Act iv, Scene iii

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Oh yes I recognize this speech, I love to go to the theater and when they make a movie adaptation of Shakespeare I always watch them.

This one was in Henry V with Kenneth Branaugh years ago, and they also have the last piece of it in that series Band of Brothers. Just some interesting trivia.

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