Quotation by Shakespeare

Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm off from an anointed king;
The breath of worldly men cannot depose
The deputy elected by the Lord.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 2, l. 54-7.

Alluding to the "divine right" of a King, consecrated with holy oil ("balm"), and God's deputy on earth.
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