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Discuss Morality In The Proud King By William Morris With References From The Poem

The whole essence of God's supremacy in The Proud King by William

Morris is to broadcast the need for helpful moral values.

The 849 lines poem told a story of King Jovinian, a king who became

proud because of high status and mammoth earthly possessions. Few of

the moral lessons learnt from the poem are (i) pride comes before

downfall (ii) earthly possessions are vanity (iii) human being must

not level himself/herself with (iv) repented heart will receive mercy.

King Jovinian's pride was shown from line 27 where he said, "Am I not

God, whiles that I live at least" to line 49 where he concluded his

arrogant monologue, "For times change fast, the world is waxen old"

and such thought was the foundation of his downfall.

Through a mere hunting expedition, Jovinian lost all he had laboured

to acquire. He rode faster than entourage, decided to swim the

beautiful lake and by so doing he lost his royal robe and facial

appearance to an angel sent to punish him:

"Wherefore he did off all his rich array

And tied his horse unto a neighboring tree

And in the water sported leisurely

...But 'mazed and angry, looking far and wide

Nought saw he of his horse and rich attire" (line 75-83)

Most of the lines in the poem, the proud king, in his rude attempts to

recover his royal position, he was made a figure of mockery. All

sufferings and mockeries he had were as a result of leveling himself

with God but his repentance restored his situation back to normal and

the angel that took his robe gave it back from line 715-849 where the

poem ended.

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