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Quarter 3 Recitation: Speech
Last opportunity - March 5
(Excerpt from the "St. Crispin's Day" speech
in William Shakespeare's Henry V)
 
 
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss;
and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
But if it be a sin to covet honor,
I am the most offending soul alive.

I would not lose so great an honor as one man more methinks
would share from me for the best hope I have.
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart;
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 this day is named,
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.
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;
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!