A very happy St George’s Day to one and all.
I reproduce below the section of Gaunt’s speech in Act II Scene I of Shakespeare’s Richard II, from which I drew the inspiration for this blog.
It is, quite simply, absolutely priceless…
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
I’m now off out to raise a glass (or several) to our patron saint.