The human and fallible should not arrogate
a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted.
No, indeed," replied Monte Cristo with a smile, "I do not arrogate
to myself the right of so doing.
Much of the Soul they talk, but all awry; And in themselves seek virtue; and to themselves All glory arrogate
, to God give none; Rather accuse him under usual names, Fortune and Fate, as one regardless quite Of mortal things.
Far be it from me to arrogate
to myself the attributes of the Deity.
And what if the eldest boy, notwithstanding entreaties, arrogates
himself and starts eating the candies, ignoring your words, scorning your judgment and defying your authority?