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used in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

28 uses
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of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
  • (41) Since great Achilles and Atrides strove, Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove!
    Book 1 (5% in)
  • ...indeed, that in its leading outline, the Iliad may be true to historic fact, that in the great maritime expedition of western Greece against the rival and half-kindred empire of the Laomedontiadae, the chieftain of Thessaly, from his valour and the number of his forces, may have been the most important ally of the Peloponnesian sovereign; the preeminent value of the ancient poetry on the Trojan war may thus have forced the national feeling of the Athenians to yield to their taste.
    Introduction (55% in)
  • Atrides, seize not on the beauteous slave; That prize the Greeks by common suffrage gave: Nor thou, Achilles, treat our prince with pride; Let kings be just, and sovereign power preside.
    Book 1 (49% in)
  • With indignation sparkling in his eyes, He views the wretch, and sternly thus replies: "Peace, factious monster, born to vex the state, With wrangling talents form'd for foul debate: Curb that impetuous tongue, nor rashly vain, And singly mad, asperse the sovereign reign.
    Book 2 (31% in)
  • These by the brave Euryalus were led, Great Sthenelus, and greater Diomed; But chief Tydides bore the sovereign sway: In fourscore barks they plough the watery way.
    Book 2 (66% in)
  • Straight the broad belt with gay embroidery graced, He loosed; the corslet from his breast unbraced; Then suck'd the blood, and sovereign balm infused,(133) Which Chiron gave, and AEsculapius used.
    Book 4 (41% in)
  • All heaven beside reveres thy sovereign sway, Thy voice we hear, and thy behests obey: 'tis hers to offend, and even offending share Thy breast, thy counsels, thy distinguish'd care: So boundless she, and thou so partial grown, Well may we deem the wondrous birth thy own.
    Book 5 (96% in)
  • The all-mighty spoke, nor durst the powers reply: A reverend horror silenced all the sky; Trembling they stood before their sovereign's look; At length his best-beloved, the power of wisdom, spoke: "O first and greatest!
    Book 8 (9% in)
  • This day, averse, the sovereign of the skies Assists great Hector, and our palm denies.
    Book 8 (27% in)
  • Unmatch'd our force, unconquer'd is our hand: Who shall the sovereign of the skies control?
    Book 8 (80% in)
  • To whom the king: "With reverence we allow Thy just rebukes, yet learn to spare them now: My generous brother is of gentle kind, He seems remiss, but bears a valiant mind; Through too much deference to our sovereign sway, Content to follow when we lead the way: But now, our ills industrious to prevent, Long ere the rest he rose, and sought my tent.
    Book 10 (23% in)
  • My friend, (he answered,) generous is thy care; These toils, my subjects and my sons might bear; Their loyal thoughts and pious love conspire To ease a sovereign and relieve a sire: But now the last despair surrounds our host; No hour must pass, no moment must be lost; Each single Greek, in this conclusive strife, Stands on the sharpest edge of death or life: Yet, if my years thy kind regard engage, Employ thy youth as I employ my age; Succeed to these my cares, and rouse the rest; He...
    Book 10 (31% in)
  • 'tis ours, the dignity they give to grace; The first in valour, as the first in place; That when with wondering eyes our martial bands Behold our deeds transcending our commands, Such, they may cry, deserve the sovereign state, Whom those that envy dare not imitate!
    Book 12 (69% in)
  • And comes it even from him whose sovereign sway The banded legions of all Greece obey?
    Book 14 (20% in)
  • What means the haughty sovereign of the skies?
    Book 15 (25% in)
  • Then thus the goddess with the radiant eyes: "What words are these, O sovereign of the skies!
    Book 16 (52% in)
  • So, scorch'd with heat, along the desert score, The roaming lion meets a bristly boar, Fast by the spring; they both dispute the flood, With flaming eyes, and jaws besmear'd with blood; At length the sovereign savage wins the strife; And the torn boar resigns his thirst and life.
    Book 16 (95% in)
  • With his huge sceptre graced, and red attire, Came halting forth the sovereign of the fire: The monarch's steps two female forms uphold, That moved and breathed in animated gold; To whom was voice, and sense, and science given Of works divine (such wonders are in heaven!
    Book 18 (69% in)
  • Soon as Aurora heaved her Orient head Above the waves, that blush'd with early red, (With new-born day to gladden mortal sight, And gild the courts of heaven with sacred light,) The immortal arms the goddess-mother bears Swift to her son: her son she finds in tears Stretch'd o'er Patroclus' corse; while all the rest Their sovereign's sorrows in their own express'd.
    Book 19 (7% in)
  • ! thy sovereign might Beyond the bounds of reason and of right; 'tis the chief praise that e'er to kings belong'd, To right with justice whom with power they wrong'd."
    Book 19 (41% in)
  • On adverse parts the warring gods engage: Heaven's awful queen; and he whose azure round Girds the vast globe; the maid in arms renown'd; Hermes, of profitable arts the sire; And Vulcan, the black sovereign of the fire: These to the fleet repair with instant flight; The vessels tremble as the gods alight.
    Book 20 (10% in)
  • He spoke; and pass'd: Latona, stooping low, Collects the scatter'd shafts and fallen bow, That, glittering on the dust, lay here and there Dishonour'd relics of Diana's war: Then swift pursued her to her blest abode, Where, all confused, she sought the sovereign god; Weeping, she grasp'd his knees: the ambrosial vest Shook with her sighs, and panted on her breast.
    Book 21 (82% in)
  • Perhaps even I, reserved by angry fate, The last sad relic of my ruin'd state, (Dire pomp of sovereign wretchedness!
    Book 22 (17% in)
  • Since victor of thy fears, and slighting mine, Heaven, or thy soul, inspires this bold design; Pray to that god, who high on Ida's brow Surveys thy desolated realms below, His winged messenger to send from high, And lead thy way with heavenly augury: Let the strong sovereign of the plumy race Tower on the right of yon ethereal space.
    Book 24 (38% in)
  • Let the strong sovereign of the plumy race Tower on the right of yon ethereal space; So shall thy suppliant, strengthen'd from above, Fearless pursue the journey mark'd by Jove."
    Book 24 (39% in)
  • Though not so wretched: there he yields to me, The first of men in sovereign misery!
    Book 24 (63% in)
  • 133 "The plant she bruises with a stone, and stands Tempering the juice between her ivory hands This o'er her breast she sheds with sovereign art And bathes with gentle touch the wounded part The wound such virtue from the juice derives, At once the blood is stanch'd, the youth revives."
    Footnotes (45% in)
  • 350:— "Hermes obeys; with golden pinions binds His flying feet, and mounts the western winds: And whether o'er the seas or earth he flies, With rapid force they bear him down the skies But first he grasps within his awful hand The mark of sovereign power, his magic wand; With this he draws the ghost from hollow graves; With this he drives them from the Stygian waves: * * * * Thus arm'd, the god begins his airy race, And drives the racking clouds along the liquid space."
    Footnotes (95% in)

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