Monday, October 25, 2010

We Happy Few

Jim reminds me that today is St. Crispin's Day, or the feast of the twin saints Crispin and Crispinian. (And as a dad of twins, I assure you that Crispin and Crispinian's parents soon realized what a horrible mistake they'd made with those names. "Crisp!" "Yes, father?" "Not you, the other one!")

In the saints' honor, here's my favorite bit of Shakespeare and one of my top five bits of anything in the English language. If you're not familiar with it, you may be surprised how much of it was recycled by other writers later, not least of which the phrase "band of brothers." It's true, Shakespeare invented everything. Just try to enjoy your feast today while holding your manhood cheap.


ronnie said...

Shakespeare did invent everything. He is the closest thing there is to God.

Ronnie said...

And that Branagh is no slouch himself.