Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, th' ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 353-4.
bidding farewell to the glamor and ceremony ("circumstance") of his profession as a general; "trump" means trumpet." Edward Elgar chose to name his famous marches with the phrase "pomp and circumstance."