within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps Death his court; and there the antic sits, Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp, Allowing him a breath, a little scene, To monarchize
, be feared, and kill with looks, Infusing him with self and vain conceit, As if this flesh which walls about our life Were brass impregnable; and humoured thus, Comes at the last, and with a little pin Bores through his castle wall; and farewell, king.
The end of the poem is taken over by Bosch-like scenes, in which the crowd is compared to a "flock of vampire bats," to "chattering" and "restless apes," and "vultures" sitting on the tiaras of "pontiffs." In a return to Alastor, Shelley describes "old anatomies" laughing "from their dead eyes," who "reassume the delegated power, / Arrayed in which those worms did monarchize
, / Who made this earth their charnel" (TL, 484-505).
(For God's sake let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings, how some have been deposed, some slain in war [...] That rounds the mortal temples of a king keeps Death his court; and there the antick sits, scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp; allowing him a breath, a little scene, to monarchize
, be fear'd, and kill with looks, infusing him with self and vain conceit as if this flesh which walls about our life were brass impregnable; and, humour'd thus, comes at the last, and with a little pin bores through his castle wall, and farewell, king!.
Anything worthy to be call'd statesmanship in the Old World, I should say, among the advanced students, adepts, or men of any brains, does not debate to-day whether to hold on, attempting to lean back and monarchize
, or to look forward and democratize--but how, and in what degree and part, most prudently to democratize.
Yet grutch not that: when whistling Eurus comes, With all his worlds of insects in thy lands To hymenate, and monarchize
o'er all Thy vegetable riches, then thy wood Shall ope it's arms expansive, and embrace The storm reluctant, and divert its rage.