June 24, 2016

Tolkien and Tennyson and the Men of Albion bid you stand, Men of the West!

A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day!

An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"

Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 24, 2016 2:09 PM
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One of the great uses of Tennyson's lines comes at the end of this fantastic speech by Daniel Hannan. (ht: Iowahawk)

Posted by: Cris at June 24, 2016 4:58 PM

You forgot Kenneth Branaugh's Henry V's St. Crispin's day speech.


Posted by: Bill Jones at June 24, 2016 5:55 PM

Yeah but Iowahawk and olden Ben Stiller aka Remus won't feel so special with their wisdom if they vote like any Tom Dick or Harry. The fight our verified betters fought for knowing a lot more fraughtness dangerwise than any of us, plus all of us combined. We call her America. Free, at least, to declaim our lack thereof. That is something.

We all know these men, the NeverTrumps labeling themselves as a Jewish cabal streetcar named "Trump's Id" might have (did). have such special wisdom they are both above voting and running for office. But Oh they shue can sing.

Oh my my my*, et al.

They too can shit on the system like G. Washington isn't looking from above as he has for generations inspiring folks, even the super great wise folks like Remus and Iowahawk, as far as I know.

Posted by: NotquiteunBuckley at June 24, 2016 8:29 PM

WTF does that mean, Oracle? Share your insight with the plebes.

Posted by: Old Blighty at June 25, 2016 9:22 AM

For how can a man die better,
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his Gods?

Posted by: Kevin Baker at June 26, 2016 8:59 PM