Napoleon Bonaparte Speech transcript - Farewell to the Old Guard

  • I bid you farewell. For twenty years I have constantly accompanied you on the road to honor and glory.
  • In these latter times, as in the days of our prosperity, you have invariably been models of courage and fidelity.
  • With men such as you our cause could not be lost; but the war would have been interminable; it would have been civil war.
  • And that would have entailed deeper misfortunes on France.
  • I have sacrificed all of my interests to those of the country.I go, but you, my friends, will continue to serve France.

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