If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Monday, 23 April 2012

St George's Day

Proud to be English.  Glad to be English, too.  Logically, that means I am glad not to be one of the others, and I suppose that's true.  But England is, and always will be, home.  I have lived out of it for 22 years now, but I still feel a sense of homecoming when I cross the Severn Bridge and see the signs saying "Welcome To England".  So I wish you all a very happy St George's Day.

And also a very Happy Birthday to Derf, one of my regular commenters!  I've sent him an email telling him he's a rancid skunk's rectum.

No I haven't.

Yes I have.

It's traditional at this point to quote something worthy, so I am going to remind you of John Of Gaunt's words in Richard II.  But I am going to quote past the usual bit and on to the end of the speech.  See if it makes you think differently.
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'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 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...

But ...
This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.

Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death.
Scandal it is.


  1. Thank you!

    Somebody who recognises this day and values it. I personally am very proud to be English. I will support St Georges day for my whole life whether Im on my own or with others.

    Everybody should show their patriotism. Its a shame people feel the need to hide their flags nowadays though.

    I wont be. English and proud.

    Thanks - James from Birmingham.

  2. Hi James, and welcome to the blog.

    What I don't like is the way that it's seen as good old patriotism when the Welsh celebrate St David's Day and the Scots sing Scotland The Brave, but somehow it is shameful and borderline-racist to wave the English flag.

    I'm more keen on marking the day the older I get.


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