It is petty, but his constant railing against human nature reminds one of King Canute ordering the tide to recede.
About this time Canute's blade appeared to have become in earnest.
Knott is sometimes for Cnut, or Canute, which generally becomes Nutt.
Canute uses him to strengthen his back; never to shield his face.
Canute, over there, you've got three little girls, ain't you?
Now a secret messenger arrived from Canute yesterday, and had a long private interview with Alfgar.
There was once a king of England, named Canute, who was a brave and clever man.
Sigvat made many other songs concerning this expedition of Canute and Hakon.
As it proved, King Canute was not the man to be caught napping.
At important points Canute landed and summoned the franklins to formal assemblies.