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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty

My thoughts right now are on "Easter 1916."  To be clear, I don't believe violent resistance is called for now, and I'm not sure it was called for then.  But I felt emotionally numb until I re-read the poem, and now I can't stop crying.  Let us be as brave now as the Irish were then.  Or to mix source material very badly, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour."

I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.


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