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DESPOTISM TEMPERED BY
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There is no other title in the world
So proud as mine, who am no law-cramped king,
No mere imperial monarch absolute,
The White Tsar worshipped as a visible God,
As Lord of Heaven no less that Lord of Earth—
     I look with terror to my crowning day.

Through half of Europe my dominions spread,
And then through half of Asia to the shores
Of Earth's great ocean washing the New World;
And nothing bounds them to the Northern Pole,
They merge into the everlasting ice—
     I look with terror to my crowning day.

Full eighty million subjects worship me—
Their father, high priest, monarch, God on earth;