The Argument. Sonnet by James I of England and VI of Scotland (with nearly modern English version by flusteredduck)

God giues not Kings the stile of Gods in vaine,
For on his Throne his Scepter doe they swey:
And as their subjects ought them to obey,
So Kings should feare and serue their God againe
If then ye would enjoy a happie raigne,
Obserue the Statutes of your heauenly King,
And from his Law, make all your Lawes to spring:
Since his Lieutenant here ye should remain,
Reward the iust, be stedfast, true, and plaine,
Represse the proud, maintayning aye the right,
Walke alwayes so, as euer in his sight,
Who guardes the godly, plaguing the prophane:
And so ye shall in Princely vertues shine,
Resembling right your mightie King Diuine.

From: http://www.stoics.com/basilikon_doron.html

Date: 1599

By: James I of England and VI of Scotland (1566-1625)

God gives not Kings the style of gods in vain,
For on his Throne his Sceptre they hold sway
And as their subjects ought them to obey,
So Kings should fear and serve their God again
If then you would enjoy a happy reign,
Observe the Statutes of your heavenly King,
And from his Law, make all your Laws to spring.
Since his Lieutenant here you should remain,
Reward the just, be steadfast, true and plain,
Repress the proud, maintaining all the right,
Walk always so, as ever in his sight,
Who guards the godly, plaguing the profane.
And so you shall in Princely virtues shine,
Resembling right your mighty King Divine.

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