"This rock, this England. . . ."

This quote or something like it was in a commercial some years ago. I think it was some tourism promo for the UK, part of which featured those famous White Cliffs.

Was this a quote from some well-known source (like the Bard, of course), or was it made up specifically for this commercial?

Shakespeare. Richard II, Act II, Scene 1.

“East is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.” – Marx

Read “Sundials” in the new issue of Aboriginal Science Fiction. www.sff.net/people/rothman

Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,

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