Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: that I have reigned with your loves.... And though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat; yet you never had, nor shall have any that will love you better.
Elizabeth I (1533–1603), British Queen of England. speech, Nov. 30, 1601, House of Commons. "The Golden Speech," Historical Collections of the Four Last Parliaments of Queen Elizabeth, ed. Heywood Townshend (1680).