Gideon’s Army ~ “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

15 Dec

“God hand-picked Gideon’s army: 300 men whose most distinguishing characteristic was not in proving themselves as mighty men of valor, but that they drank water from a position different from the others.”

Find a great overview of Gideon here:

http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn12/profilesfaithgideon.htm

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

Source: One of the well-known lines from the St. Crispin’s Day Speech of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Origin: From Shakespeare’s Henry V, 1598:

KING HENRY V:

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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