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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1884  Thursday, 5 October 2000.

From:           Stephen Miller <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Oct 2000 12:22:13 +0100 ()
Subject:        Saints

The Guardian newspaper (London) on 3 October printed a correction which
reads:

In recommending Laurence Olivier's Henry V, among the week's best films
on television, page 53, the Guide, September 30, we drew particular
attention to his "St Swithin's Day" speech before the battle of
Agincourt.  We called it "a heroic rabble-rouser".  It was, of course,
St Crispin's Day.  This is how the speech from Act IV, scene iii,
concludes: And gentlemen in England, now a-bed / Shall think themselves
accurs'd they were not here, / And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any
speak / That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Though the feast of Crispin and Crispinian is only on the 25th of
October, I did not want to delay sending this item.  St Swithun's day
(July 15) is traditionally associated with forty days of rain, if it
rains on the day itself.  Perhaps the speech could be adapted?
('Umbrellas' for 'manhoods' has been suggested by a historian friend.)

Sincerely, Stephen Miller
 

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