The CRIPPEN - CRIPPIN Connection- Contents
In England, the 25th October, St Crispin's Day, is remembered as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (1415), immortalised by William Shakespeare in Henry V's speech before the battle:
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 himself 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 "Tomorrow 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 on 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 today 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 abed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks
That fought with us upon St Crispin's day.
Completely revised December 2001, this page was last updated Saturday, January 05, 2002.
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