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).
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.