Tuesday, November 11, 2014
There's such divinity doth hedge a king
That treason can but peep to what it would,
Acts little of his will.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudius, in Hamlet, act 4, sc. 5, l. 124-6.
James I liked to claim that kings were gods on earth. It is ironic that Claudius, who murdered King Hamlet, should claim divine protection; "his" means its.