I come down here, for instance, and I find a mighty potentate exacting homage.
I say ’Mighty potentate, here IS my homage!
Mighty potentate replies in effect, ’This is a sensible fellow.
I should say, ’My esteemed Boythorn’—to make you the personification of our imaginary friend—’my esteemed Boythorn, you object to the mighty potentate?
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"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen," Oscar said.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
…she could not afford a phonograph, but no matter; on the inexpensive little portable radio she bought there was splendid music emanating from these stations with weird initials she could never get straight—WQXR, WNYC, WEVD—and men with silken voices announcing the enchanted names of all the musical potentates and princes whose harmonies she had been deprived of so long; even a shopworn composition like Schubert’s Unfinished or Eine kleine Nachtmusik touched her with fresh rapture.