Saint George, Patron Saint of England

Saint George and the Dragon
@Asylum (46839)
Manchester, England
April 23, 2016 4:51am CST
In olden days dragons did gorge On the flesh of the townsfolk each day Then along came our Patron Saint George In search of a dragon to slay When the dragon flew into the village In search of his daily food source Saint George would allow no blood spillage Except for the dragon’s of course The cheering for miles could be heard As that dragon he did bravely slay This happened on April 23rd Which is now known as Saint George’s Day
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@garymarsh6 (12100)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 16
Happy St. Georges day. I have left the dragon sleeping this morning!
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
I am assuming that it is still legal to celebrate St George's Day in these days of extreme Political Correctness.
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@garymarsh6 (12100)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 16
@Asylum Well if it is not then we should be militant and celebrate it ourselves!
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
@garymarsh6 I fully agree Gary, this is still England despite what the government seems to think.
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@LadyDuck (118874)
• Switzerland
23 Apr 16
Nice poem Barry, this is a day that I do not forget, because George is the name of my husband.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
You should remind him that in these days of conservation he is no longer allowed to slay dragons on this day. They are now a protected species.
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@LadyDuck (118874)
• Switzerland
23 Apr 16
@Asylum I will remind him, the dragon is a protected species, he is not.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
@LadyDuck Yes, we do not want dragons to become extinct.
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@jaboUK (50189)
• United Kingdom
23 Apr 16
We're proud to be Brits on this Day, Remembering George in the fray, We may be called quaint But my complaint Is that many no heed to it pay.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
I say, any excuse to have a party!
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
I find myself very frustrated That this day is not well celebrated I cannot understand Why in this glorious land National Pride seems to be outdated
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@amadeo (46410)
• United States
23 Apr 16
I have a very fine print of this.That I found at the flea market.St.George.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
I like such items myself, although we do not encounter them very often.
@amadeo (46410)
• United States
23 Apr 16
@Asylum This is the print that I got.We had this for some time.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
@amadeo Excellent. That is the traditional effigy used for St George.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
I was looking at more info on St. George's Day and came across a wikipedia article on it. It's a bit peculiar as in this one little passage that I am about to post here? It says that it is "no longer celebrated" but the rest of the article contradicts that, and obviously your own poem here does the same. ""[1552] wher as it hathe bene of ane olde costome that sent Gorge shulde be kepte holy day thorrow alle Englond, the byshoppe of London commandyd that it shulde not be kepte, and no more it was not."" The above was taken from wikipedia, under a picture on the right margin. On a side note, there are several different fables of Dragons and the heroes that have slain them. I can't say that I have particularly heard of St. George.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For the 2012 British film, see St George's Day (film). Saint George's Day Saint George and the Dragon Oil painting by Raphael (1505–1506) Observed by Roman Catholic Church (see calendar) Ang
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
St George's Day is not as well celebrated as it was when I was younger, but there are still many of us who are proud to be English.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
@Asylum I guess you could say that about a lot of Holidays really. A lot of our holidays here, meant to honor our veterans, meant to honor our president, honor our independence, etc? It's just an excuse to cook something different anymore, without remembering the real reason behind the holiday to begin with.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum This is a trend in most countries these days and appears to be a global attitude.
@Inlemay (17333)
• South Africa
23 Apr 16
such a lovely summation of the way today became St George's Day - lovely poem Barry
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
Thank you. I just wish that more English people remembered our National Day.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
Very nice, but were there really dragons in the Uk? Any archeological evidence to this effect?
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
No, but they do occur in the legends of China and Wales. Maybe George visited Africa and returned with an elephant's tusk, which would appear to be a huge incisor.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
@Asylum I have ancestors from Wales, and one way way back from China. But I would have to see more than a tusk to believe in dragons.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
@ElizabethWallace In that case you should be aware of the Welsh flagand the red dragon.
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@SIMPLYD (74966)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
So he is the Dragon slayer .
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
26 Apr 16
Not any longer because he ran out of dragons.
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@SIMPLYD (74966)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
@Asylum No wonder you chose asylum as your username .
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
26 Apr 16
@SIMPLYD The name Koalemos is also appropriate.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Apr 16
I'v'e never heard of this one before about the dragon and all. I read several versions of the legend just to see what you're talking about.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
The story of George and the Dragon is quite famous.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Apr 16
@Asylum I read a story named that several years ago that I have yet to find again. It was a story about how a dragon ate George and then together they got rid of evil. I know it's not the same story, but maybe they took this story and twisted it to something new. Before reading your post, I didn't know it was that famous, or that it was from a legend over there.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
@MarshaMusselman It is the kind of story that everyone here would be well aware of.
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• Preston, England
24 Apr 16
slaughtering an endangered species - how mean of him
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
They were not endangered until George came along.
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• Preston, England
24 Apr 16
@Asylum And Bilbo and the dwarfs too of course - they killed poor old Smaug
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@euphie (590)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
23 Apr 16
I'm in Northern Ireland so I won't be celebrating - buy happy St George's Day to anyone in England. I'm guessing it's not quite the same as St Patrick's Day which is just an excuse to get drunk around here?
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 16
More English people probably know the date of St Patrick's Day than St George's Day, due to the celebrations that are held annually.
@euphie (590)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
24 Apr 16
@Asylum I can imagine!
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@BelleStarr (31320)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Apr 16
I guess we should just be glad St George wasn't demoted or the dragons might be back, or maybe they already are!!
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
26 Apr 16
I am sure that some husbands will believe that they have returned.
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@Rollo1 (16693)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Apr 16
He couldn't get away with that these days. Dragons would be declared an endangered species and I am sure that swords would be considered dangerous weapons and strictly regulated.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
25 Apr 16
It was not the dragons that were endangered in George's day but the villagers.
@Platespinner (18096)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Apr 16
It seems he was pretty thorough since dragon attacks seem to be a thing of the past. Should he be held accountable for the extinction of dragons perhaps?
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
I certainly do not have any complaints about the lack of dragons these days.
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@JudyEv (97454)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Apr 16
Thanks for the history lesson. I didn't know the specific day of the slaying was common knowledge - well, it wasn't common as I didn't know it.
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
George and the Dragon is a popular design used on such diverse items as Pub signs and Sovereigns.
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