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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:25:35 AM

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Could you explain me pls how to undertstand the meaning of this quotation: May God not let me die until I have worthily avenged myself on thee
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:46:45 AM
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Probably during a fight the speaker addresses his opponent (thee = you) and hopes that God will let him (=speaker) stay alive at least until he has taken satisfactory revenge on his opponent.
Ravindra
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:03:13 AM
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IMcRout is right. I buy his interpretation. Thank you IMcRout.

"Drink moderately, for drunkenness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise."
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote
Christine
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:13:49 AM
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Quote of who?
Seth
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 10:54:13 AM
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Simply put: I won't die before I get my revenge on you
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:47:34 AM

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Rancorous...
GabhSigenod
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:13:34 PM

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"Hope I don't die until I pay you back."
excaelis
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:19:07 PM

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Words uttered by Henry II on his death bed to his son, Richard I :

Richard heard that his father took ill and was on his death bed. He went to his side and Henry and Richard embraced and reconciled with each other. Yet, on the way out, Richard heard his father muttering these words “God grant I die not before I have worthily revenged myself on you!” ( Brundage, 56). On July 6, 1189 A.D, King Henry II died alone in his bed. Richard was accused of being his father's murderer at his father’s funeral at the Westminster Abbey church in London.

Sorry, I'll credit this source later. Gotta run !
Romany
Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:36:07 AM
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Ex - Westminster Abbey "church"?
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 3:31:12 PM

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Technically, yes. It is the church that is attached to the Abbey. Likewise, Big Ben is the clock, not the tower ( which is called St.Catherines Tower ).
Romany
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 1:00:28 AM
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Yes: I guess - after having had my attention drawn to it via your post above - that I have always tended to use the term without thinking of the abbey and the church as two seperate entities: an Abbey usually being an inclusive term in the case of most smaller institutions.

I did a quick vox.pop. around the office yesterday and most people who were not from UK had gained the impression that an abbey was the name of a large church. So that's what happens when one uses a term that is not, as you say, technically correct: - an actual change in meaning comes about. I found that rather interesting.

So, thanks for causing me to give a little more thought to terms we take for granted.
almostfreebird
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 1:52:48 AM
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Years ago when I was in Atlanta, there was an old church,

it was big I think, and inside was a restaurant called Abbey,

it was a little dark inside I think, and waiters were dressed like Yoda in Star Wars. It was kinda weird.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 10:29:17 AM

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Lot of monkfish on the menu ?
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