Friday, April 23, 2010
St George's Day
This royal throne of kings, this sceptr'd 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 a 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...
These marvellous, stirring words are taken from the play 'Richard II' by England's greatest playwright William Shakespeare.
Today is also the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in 1564. So those of us who are English have two good reasons to celebrate - Happy St George's Day!
NB The lovely photo of the White Cliffs of Dover is taken from the internet and is not, regrettably, one of my own.