into the breach...

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into the breach...

Postby pilvikki » 24 Sep 2011, 14:17

i was wondering about this saying so i looked it up:

'Once more unto the breach' - is from the 'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' speech of Shakespeare's Henry V, Act III, 1598.

The most celebrated rendition of the speech comes from Laurence Olivier's performance in the 1944 film The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France, better known to the world just as Henry V.

The breach in question is the gap in the wall of the city of Harfleur, which the English army held under siege. Henry was encouraging his troops to attack the city again, even if they have to 'close the wall with English dead'.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.

there's a lot more, but i decided to skip the rest...

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