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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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  • Both your majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Put your dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty.
  • And I, of ladies most deject and wretched That suck’d the honey of his music vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy: O, woe is me, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
  • ] And, England, if my love thou hold’st at aught,— As my great power thereof may give thee sense, Since yet thy cicatrice looks raw and red After the Danish sword, and thy free awe Pays homage to us,—thou mayst not coldly set Our sovereign process; which imports at full, By letters conjuring to that effect, The present death of Hamlet.

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  • They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor’s threats forced their decision.
  • ...the first seven words of our Constitution—We the People of the United States —accurately reflect our founding belief that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and the fact that that the sovereign will of the people of the United States was expressed in the Constitution itself and in our ongoing system of government created by it.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- 06/29/06)

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