No. 78 – Alas, Poor Ritterstahl

Prog 2014’s* (2016) The Order cover by Neil Roberts v Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, here played by Sir Laurence Olivier OM** (1907–1989) in a still from the filmed version of Hamlet† (1948) adapted from The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

The lines associated with Hamlet’s contemplation of Yorick’s skull are from Act V. Scene I – A Church Yard:

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? Quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.

The German Ritterstahl literally translates as “Knight Steel” – “Steel Knight” would have been Stahlritter, but that doesn’t sound nearly as cool.

The prog’s tagline “Daze of Future Past” is either a nod to the  The Moody Blues’ 2nd studio album Days of Future Passed (Deram Records, 1967) or Bryan Singer’s film X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox, 2014)

*Prog 2014 at 2000 AD Covers Uncovered
**French chivalric order: Ordre du Mérite
†For which Olivier won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1949

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