Thursday, March 17, 2016

The stranger's case

Four centuries ago, one William Shakespeare spoke in the defense of the strangers in our midst. He spoke out in "The Book of Sir Thomas Moore" against the mob rabble who would strike at refugees and foreigners. This comes from the only known manuscript written in Shakespeare's handwriting:

“You’ll put down strangers, Kill them, cut their throats, possess their houses,
 And lead the majesty of law in lyam
 To slip him like a hound.

Alas, alas!
Say now the King
As he is clement if th’offender mourn,
Should so much come too short of your great trespass
As but to banish you: whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give you harbour?
Go you to France or Flanders,
To any German province, Spain or Portugal,
Nay, anywhere that not adheres to England:
 hy, you must needs be strangers.”

Sir Ian McKellan gives incredibly poignant life to these words

The further backstory is here

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