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Thursday, April 22, 2010

We Happy Few

From Henry V, Act IV, Scene III:

Enter the KING

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

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
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 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.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian'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 rememb'red.
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 accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

More pictures.

More videos.

Video interview with David Codrea on both 4/19 events; go to 15:30 in the vid.

Still more vids, this time from CG (includes MBV and Helmke)

God bless you, everyone.


Blogger Hollywood said...

Henry V is my favorite, when if comes to Shakespeare.

We are just reading the line for the play, and finding the actors..

The dress rehearsal hasn't started YET
The orchestra hasn't warmed up in the pit YET
And the curtain has not been raised YET.

But the actors are coming together!!! And let know one doubt, that if this play comes to pass, it will not be forgotten, and life will never be the same.

April 22, 2010 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Temnota said...

Pete, it was great to see you again, albeit briefly, and to reconnect with other fine folks I met on 9/12. God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll see you again next time.

April 22, 2010 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Ditto, T.

April 22, 2010 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Aye, Hollywood.

The play's the thing....

April 22, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Bill St. Clair said...

I watched the videos at your link. 'Twas a worthwhile use of just under an hour. And I learned, straight from Mike Vanderboegh, that "Absolved" is done and going to the publisher next week. Oh HELL yes!


April 22, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Proud I could be a part of this.

April 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I've uploaded the videos I recorded on Monday...

The high-def clip of Mike Vanderboegh's conversation with Paul Helmke:

An exchange between Vanderboegh and some counter protesters as we were leaving Ft Hunt:

CNN's John King interviewing Dan Almond:

Some excerpts of Vanderboegh's address to the crowd at Ft Hunt:

Footage of the crowd & media at Gravelly Pt:

All five videos can be found at this YouTube channel:

April 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Kevin Patrick said...

I was proud to stand beside such dedicated Patriots. I hope to see you all again, before we meet at New Lexington.

Keep safe, keep your powder dry.

In Liberty,
--- KP

April 22, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

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