This Earth, This Realm

20Apr10


In honour of our fellow-countrymen showing the resolve of the Blitz but desperate to be re-acquainted with England’s pastures, may I stand again above the flatlands of Somerset and trumpet their return to Blighty, by quoting the beautiful soliloquy by John of Gaunt to the Duke of York, from King Richard II:

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred 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.

William Shakespeare, c1595

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