Obey him gladly; and let him too know, You were not made for him, but he for you. Cowley.The Davideis, Book IV. Line 674. Dryden.Absalom and Achithophel, Part I. Line 409. Cowper.Table Talk, Line 55.
If I could find example Of thousands that had struck anointed kings And flourishd after, Id not dot; but since Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not one, Let villany itself forsweart. Shakespeare.Winters Tale, Act I. Scene 2. (Camillo detesting Regicides.)
Not all the water in the rough rude sea Can wash the balm from an anointed king: The breath of worldly men cannot depose The deputy elected by the Lord. Shakespeare.King Richard II., Act III. Scene 2. (The King to Aumerle.)
Do not fear our person: Theres such divinity doth hedge a king, That treason can but peep to what it would, Acts little of his will. Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 5. (The King to Gertrude on Laertes threats.)
What earthly name to interrogatories, Can task the free breath of a sacred king? No Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our dominions; But as we under heaven are supreme head, So, under him, that great supremacy, Where we do reign, we will alone uphold, Without the assistance of a mortal hand: So tell the Pope. Shakespeare.King John, Act III. Scene 1. (The King to Pandulph.)
[See also the anecdote related of Canute the Great, Hume and Smollett, Chap. III.; where he, in the presence of his nobles, who had so grossly flattered him on his greatness and power, commanded the sea to retire.]
The wisest sovereigns err like private men, And royal hand has sometimes laid the sword Of chivalry upon a worthless shoulder, Which better had been branded by the hangman. What then? Kings do their bestand they and we Must answer for the intent, and not the event. Scott.Kenilworth, Chap. XXXII.
God bless the King! God bless the faiths defender! God blessNo harm in blessing the Pretender, Who that Pretender is, and who that King God bless us all!Is quite another thing. Scott.Redgauntlet, Chap. VIII. (Quoting Dr. Byrom.)