Win, for a Trojan head to wear the prize, Usurp thy crown, enjoy thy victories?
The men, dispers’d on hills, to towns he brought, And laws ordain’d, and civil customs taught, And Latium call’d the land where safe he lay From his unduteous son, and his usurping sway.
Then they, who brothers’ better claim disown, Expel their parents, and usurp the throne; Defraud their clients, and, to lucre sold, Sit brooding on unprofitable gold; Who dare not give, and ev’n refuse to lend To their poor kindred, or a wanting friend.
What should I tell of tempests on the main, Of Aeolus usurping Neptune’s reign?
Struggling in vain, impatient of her load, And lab’ring underneath the pond’rous god, The more she strove to shake him from her breast, With more and far superior force he press’d; Commands his entrance, and, without control, Usurps her organs and inspires her soul.
All in that universal sorrow share, And curse the cause of this unhappy war: A broken league, a bride unjustly sought, A crown usurp’d, which with their blood is bought!
I cannot live a slave, or see my throne Usurp’d by strangers or a Trojan son."
Acestes, fir’d with just disdain, to see The palm usurp’d without a victory, Reproach’d Entellus thus, who sate beside, And heard and saw, unmov’d, the Trojan’s pride: "Once, but in vain, a champion of renown, So tamely can you bear the ravish’d crown, A prize in triumph borne before your sight, And shun, for fear, the danger of the fight?
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Henry IV usurped the throne from Richard II while the latter was fighting in Ireland.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.