The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1849–1876
By virtue of the authority vested in me by my own right and
and the help of Peachey, I declare myself Grand-Master of all
Freemasonry in Kafiristan in this the Mother Lodge o' the
country, and King of Kafiristan equally with Peachey!
Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Would Be King
I have liv'd long enough: my way of life
Is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf;
And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have; but in their stead,
Curses, not loud, but deep, mouth-honour, breath,
Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
William Shakespeare, Macbeth