Henry V Quotes by William Shakespeare
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The meaning and origin of the expression: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
One of the well-known lines from the St. From Shakespeare's Henry V , KING HENRY V: 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 remember'd; 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. See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare. Home Search Phrase Dictionary We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
On the eve of the battle of Agincourt , which fell on Saint Crispin's Day , Henry V urges his men — who were vastly outnumbered by the French — to recall how the English had previously inflicted great defeats upon the French. The speech has been famously portrayed by Laurence Olivier to raise British spirits during the Second World War , and by Kenneth Branagh in the film Henry V , and it made famous the phrase "band of brothers. O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! What's he that wishes so? My cousin, Westmorland? No, my fair cousin; If we are mark'd to die, we are enough To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
My cousin Westmoreland? 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. 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! This day is called the feast of Crispian: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
The St Crispin's Day speech is a part of William Shakespeare's history play Henry V, Act IV British spirits during the Second World War, and by Kenneth Branagh in the film Henry V, and it made famous the phrase "band of brothers.
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