High majesty and higher worth possess 'd, Or that her voice presumptuous dared to chide Alfred, her country's sovereign and its pride. From this it appears that the King made a habit of burning cakes, and didn't merely err on an isolated occasion. Cottle,... Alfred, an epic poem - Page 41by Henry James Pye - 1815Full view
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Tobias George Smollett - English literature - 1802
...viands waste His ready hunger ne'er refused to taste. Ah ! little deeming that her pensive guest, High majesty, and higher worth, possess'd ; Or that her...chide Alfred, her country's sovereign, and its pride.' v. 62. From this state of inactivity, however, the Saxon king is roused by the accidental arrival of...