Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A gender neutral version of the Crispin's Day speech

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of them in England
That do no work to-day!

What's they that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmoreland?
No, fair cousin.
If we are mark'd to die, we are enough to do our country loss,
Or if to live, the fewer of us, the greater share of honor.
God's will, I pray thee, wish not one of us more.
Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host
That they which hath no stomach for this fight,
Let them depart.
Their passports shall be made and crowns for convoy put into their purse.
We would not die in that one's company that fears their fellowship to die with us.
Tomorrow is the feast of Crispian.
They that outlive this day and come safe home will stand a tip-toe when this day is named
And rouse them at the name of Crispian.
They that sees this day and lives t'old age shall yearly, on the vigil,
Feast their neighbors and say, "Tomorrow, is St. Crispian's"
Then will they strip their sleeves and show their scars
And say, "These wounds, I had on Crispin's Day"
The Old Ones forget, yet all shall be forgot, but they'll remember
With advantages, what feats they did that day!
Then will our names, familiar in their mouths as household words,
"Harry the King, Bedford and Exetor, Warwick and Talbott, Salsbury and Glouster"
Be in their flowing cups, freshly remembered.
This story, shall the Good One teach their child.
And Crispin Crispian shall n'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 comrades.
For them today that shed their blood with me shall be my comrade.
Be they ne'r so vile, this day shall gentle their condition.
And gentlefolk in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here
And hold their values cheap
Whilst any speaks that fought with us upon St. Crispin's Day

4 comments:

ark item id said...

I think, after that speech, I would have followed Henry into the bowels of hell.
Why Braveheart keeps getting ranked above this I don't know, everything about this scene is just far more epic and rousing. The Braveheart scene just serves to remind me of Gibson's hilarious accent. 

ark adobe ramp said...

"The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible... This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever." - George Orwell, 1984
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eu4 console commands said...

It blows away the Braveheart speech because the writer was Shakespeare. Who wrote the speech for Braveheart? Was it arguably the best writer of all time? Of course it is better.

xcom 2 cheat said...

I understand what your point is... But you shouldn't force him to wear a tutu... If he doesn't want to wear it, then he doesn't... Even some girls don't like wearing tutus. He's too young to understand any of these terms, just go with the flow type of thing, if he wants to wear the tutu then let him, but it he doesnt then let him wear something else. It's kind of hard what I'm trying to say, but yea? It's fine if you're genderless or whatever, just don't try forcing it on others, more of just making them understand what it is.
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