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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1453
AUTHOR: John Milton (1608–74)
QUOTATION: The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferr’d and committed to them in trust from the People, to the Common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be tak’n from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN MILTON, “The Tenure of Kings,” The Works of John Milton, vol. 5, p. 10 (1932).