marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

When kings

When kings the sword of justice first lay down,
They are no kings, though they possess the crown.
Titles are shadows, crowns are empty things,
The good of subjects is the end of kings.

Daniel Defoe, from "The True-Born Englishman"
Tags: poesy, politics, world-building: royalty
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