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COLD HONOUR — TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAN WHO WROTE THE GREATEST SONG EVER WRITTEN ABOUT THE RUSSIAN RISK (FREEZING TO DEATH)

November 21, 1695
— Henry Purcell, English composer, died, aged 35


 

See’st thou not how stiff, and wondrous old
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I can scarcely move or draw my breath,
Let me, let me, freeze again to death.
— Song of Cold Genius, King Arthur



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGpjsgquqw [1]

To which end, two other Englishmen have added their special degree of honour in the face of the killing cold
 

 

“I am just going outside and may be some time”
— Titus Oates, Captain of the Inniskilling Dragoons, March 16, 1912

 

 

“These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale”
— Robert Falcon Scott, Captain of the Royal Navy, March 29, 1912