The Devil's Dictionary: King

Updated May 14, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
by Ambrose Bierce



A male person commonly known in America as a "crowned head," although he never wears a crown and has usually no head to speak of.

A king, in times long, long gone by,
Said to his lazy jester:
"If I were you and you were I
My moments merrily would fly —
Nor care nor grief to pester."
"The reason, Sire, that you would thrive,"
The fool said — "if you'll hear it —
Is that of all the fools alive
Who own you for their sovereign, I've
The most forgiving spirit."

- Oogum Bem

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