"Farewell the neighing ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

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
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."