The Emperor
Emperor from Rider/Waite Tarot


The badges of office he holds not by right
But by the exercise of power, which is absolute
In his domain and in his will to control.

Behind these the mountains rise
Awesome in their majesty, naked in their strength
Needing no crown or sceptre to command respect.

Still he sits there, his throne a rock
From which he commands allegiance.
There are no other powers in the world

In his view, he recognises none
Seeing, instead, the fact of his status
As confirmation of his right to rule.


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