phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Pomp and circumstance

Posted by Smokey Stover on January 23, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Pomp and circumstance posted by Fred on January 22, 2005

: : : What is the origin of 'pomp and circumstance?'

: : I know there is a La**n word "pompa" that means procession or display.

: Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
: The spirit stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
: The royal banner, and all quality,
: Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war.
: (Shakespeare's Othello, Act 3)

I suppose it would be supererogatory to mention Edward Elgar's famous march of that title, which is played at a huge number of high school commencements in the U.S., as well as at various functions in the U.K. SS