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CRY ‘GOD FOR HARRY, ENGLAND, AND SAINT GEORGE!
Henry V, Act III, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright
23 April, is a special date in the English calendar for two reasons: Firstly, it is St George’s Day; St George being the Patron Saint of England. As the image above depicts, George slays the dragon to save the princess from death. To me, it is an image that represents the triumph of good over evil.
The second reason that today is special is because it is the birthday of one of England’s greatest playwrights, William Shakespeare. Wherever I visit in the world, online or offline, I am struck by how well known Shakespeare is. And, given that he lived c500 years ago, how popular his plays and phrases are still.
So, tying the two together – St George and William Shakespeare – on this special day and, given my interest in public speaking and speechcraft, I thought that I would share with you below one of Shakespeare’s most popular speeches, taken from his play, Henry V, Act III, 1598.
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‘Once more unto the breach’ is the opening line from the speech given by King Henry V, to the English army at the Battle of Agincourt in France. The phrase means, let us try again.
The breach in question is the gap in the wall of the city of Harfleur. In his speech, Henry is motivating his troops to attack the city again, even if they have to ‘close the wall with English dead’.
The last line of the speech, ‘Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’’, is a rallying cry to his army, for God to support him (Harry is an alternative name for Henry), England (their country) and St George (England’s Patron Saint).