The Jew of Malta
What right had Caesar to the Empire?
Might first made kings, and laws were then most sure
When like the Draco's they were writ in blood. (Prologue 19-21)
I must confess we come not to be kings.
That's not our fault: alas, our number's few,
And crowns come either by succession
Or urged by force; and nothing violent,
Oft have I heard tell, can be permanent.
Give us a peaceful rule, make Christians kings,
That thirst so much for principality. (1.1.126-32)
And 'tis more kingly to obtain by peace
Than to enforce conditions by constraint (1.2.25-6)