This great office had twice been ably filled by women, women as aptly fitted for it as some of the sceptred queens of history.
Fiends robed and sceptred, once reigned over fiends clothed in skins and armed with broadsword and battle axe.
The rest I don't remember; it's something about sceptred king's and beggar's dust coming to the same pass.
The dead but sceptred sovereigns who still rule Our spirits from their urns.
The dead kings are crowned once more, and from the shadows of the past emerge the queens, jeweled and sceptred as of yore.
Long may he reign, a crowned and sceptred Imperial Monarch: and in Justice may his house be established for ever!
We are like children who think a king must needs go about in royal robes, crowned and sceptred.
The dead, but sceptred sovereigns who still rule Our spirits from their urns.
I have wealth and possessions and respect as great as if I were a sceptred King.
Shakespeare tells us that mercy 'is mightiest in the mightiest,' and is 'above this sceptred sway'; Merch.
c.1300, ceptre, from Old French sceptre (12c.), from Latin sceptrum "royal staff," from Greek skeptron "staff to lean on; royal scepter;" in transferred use, "royalty," from root of skeptein "to prop or stay, lean on." Apparently a cognate with Old English sceaft (see shaft (n.1)). The verb meaning "to furnish with a scepter" is from 1520s.