St Crispian's Day

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Ray Newman

Jun 3, 2006
St. Crispian's day and the anniversary of the battle of Agincourt -- 1415 -- when the English longbow decimated the French knights on French soil. See:

As Shakespeare wrote:

"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 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.
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 Crispin'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 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 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."

--Wm. Shakespeare, "Henry V"
Oct 26, 2006
Woodbury, Tn
The longbow along with metal arrowheads that could pierce the light French armor gave the English a decided advantage. Thanks for a good read. Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall was wounded and down in the mud. His war dog fought off the French men-at-arms til the end of the battle. When Sir Piers Squire and servants came up, only then would the great dog allow them to approach his master. Sir Piers died of his wounds, the dog returned with the Squire to England where legend has it, that this dog sired the English Mastiffs.

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