Today is St. George's Day, and beautifully coinciding with it is the birthday of William Shakespeare. So, what could be more fitting than a Shakespeare quote about England? Well, nothing - except for maybe a few English photos to go with it.
Happy St. George's Day, and Happy Birthday, Bill!
|"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."|
King Richard II, Act 2, Scene I
Photos: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire; The Bullring, Birmingham; Charlestown, Cornwall; York Minster, York; Lichfield, Staffordshire. All taken by me.