Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saint Crispin's Day

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.'

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 . . .

—William Shakespeare, King Henry V

image:  Saint Crispin, by Master of Saint Crispinus, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Fine Art Images

No comments:

Post a Comment