We band of brothers

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One more of my all-time favorites—Shakespeare’s Henry V.  A historical account…

King Henry’s courage has captured the hearts of his people, and
he has led them into battle against the enemy. By the end of the campaign, his army has been reduced to a small platoon of warriors. Many casualties… sick and many more wounded. Then they arrive on the
field of battle -Agincourt, where they are met by the entire French army.

They
are outnumbered five to one; the French are rested and fresh, and they
have a mounted cavalry. The English have none. Faced with such insurmountable odds,
the men are about to give up. But Henry calls them up into the larger story:

This day is call’d the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
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 neighbors,
And say, “Tomorrow 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 their mouths as household words . . .
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 remembered.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. (Act IV, Scene III)

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The English go on to win the battle.  This is a true story and one that I routinely keep at hand on my journey.

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