St. Crispin’s Day speech, Branagh-style

(Nabbed from selinker.)

The original speech:

“This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
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 remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
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”
– Henry V, Henry V, William Shakespeare


6 thoughts on “St. Crispin’s Day speech, Branagh-style

  1. Branagh looks like a wee babe, then. All young and fresh from the teat. Damn fine job, there, too.

    Another goodly version of the speak, in my view, was one done by Patrick Stewart, but damn if I can find a link to the audio of it.

    Now I wished I had moved earlier in the summer, gotten a job, so I could drive over to Ashland all summer for their Shakespearean Festival. It is one of those things that I missed when I moved to Boise, although Idaho has one too, few things, I think, hold a light to the Ashland experience.

      • Nah, that one was easy, but that was due to it being that period of time for Bale. Empire of the Sun was only a couple years prior, so he stuck out a wee bit.

        Now if you ever wanna try a weird spot, although not of the same film caliber, watch Demolition Man to spot Jack Black. Here’s a hint, it happens when Spartan meets Edgar Friendly. :D

  2. i finally picked this up on DVD. to be honest, it seems a little more hammy now than i remembered it being. then again, i was in love with it when i was 17/18. i performed this and several other henry v monologues for forensics in high school and did pretty well with them. w00t.

  3. True Agincourt stories:

    * The Duke of York was so fat that he couldn’t get out of the way of a charging column of French cavalry and was trampled to death.

    * The Duke of Alençon teamed up with about six knights to kill Henry. The duke hit Henry in the head, knocking a fleur-de-lis from Henry’s war crown and sending him to the ground. Henry got back up immediately. The duke attempted to surrender, but an English archer shot Alençon before Henry could accept his hand.

    * An English commoner beat down and captured the Duke of Orléans. Henry knighted the commoner, whose coat of arms bore the image of a man in chains. France was so impoverished by war that it never paid the ransom for Orléans and he died after being imprisoned in England for years.

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