Band of brothers

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.

William Shakespeare, Henry V

4 risposte a “Band of brothers”

  1. Band of brothers: This day is call’d the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will…

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  2. ah, che boccata d’ossigeno! il monologo di Henry V alla sua band of brothers! mi commuove sempre! come mai questo post?

  3. Vale, avevo appena visto l’ultima puntata di Band of Brothers e avevo voglia di andare all’originale.
    Nello sceneggiato c’è questa bella soluzione narrativa, che la frase che dà il titolo alla serie è detta da un ufficiale tedesco che parla ai suoi soldati nel giorno della resa. Il capitano americano ascolta e si fa tradurre il discorso da un interprete. Molto efficace e di grande impatto.

  4. grazie a youtube (semper laudatus sit…) ho visto la scena. bella. grazie.

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