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Winston Churchill’s famous speech was presented as a photocopy of his actual reading document in David Crystal’s book The Gift of the Gab, p. 202. Yesterday I presented my daily blog post laid out in that style. The purpose was to give the spoken text reader some helps for intonations, timing and visual tracking of the document. Here is Churchill’s typed document presented in his format in a text format.

The House will have read the historic
 declaration in which at the desire
  of many Frenchmen,
   and of our own hearts,
    we have proclaimed our willingness
     to conclude at the darkest
      hour in French history,
       a Union of common
        citizenship in their struggle

However matters may go in France,
 or with the French Govt.
  we in this island and in the
   British Empire,
    will never lose our sense of
     comradeship with the French people.

If we are now called upon to endure
 what they have suffered,
  we shall emulate their courage,
   and if final victory rewards our toils,
    they shall share the gain,
     aye, and freedom shall be
       restored to all.

We abate nothing of our just demands.

Czechs, Poles, Norwegians,Dutch, and
 Belgians, who have joined their
  causes with our own.
   All shall be restored.

What General Weygand calls ‘the battle
 of France’ is over.

The battle of Britain is about to begin.


Upon this battle depends the
 survival of Christian civilization.

Upon it depends our own British life
 and the long continuity of our
  institutions, and our Empire.

The whole fury and might of the enemy
 must very soon be turned on us.

Hitler knows that he will have to break
 us in this Island, or lose the war.

If we can stand up to him
 all Europe may be freed,
  and the life of the world
   may move forward into the
    broad and sunlit uplands.

But if we fail,
 then the whole world,
  including the United States,
   and all that we have known and
       cared for
    will sink into the abyss of a
     new Dark Age
      made more sinister and
       perhaps more prolonged by
        the lights of perverted
        Science.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to
 our duty, and so bear ourselves that
  if the British Empire and
   Commonwealth lasts for a
    thousand years, men will still
     say,

‘This was their finest hour’.

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