Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Uneasy lies the head that usurps a crown

Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

- William Shakespeare, Henry The Fourth, Part 2 Act 3, scene 1, 26–31

An explanation of above:

King Henry IV, feeling guilty because he murdered Richard II to seize the throne and facing rebellion, is feeling the weight of his crown, hence the statement ‘uneasy lies the head that wears a crown’.

He had no rest on quiet nights on his royal couch whilst in contrast the peasants in their ‘loathsome beds’ would have a good night's sleep, and even a wet sailor-boy perched high on a mast, amid wind and waves, could nod off easily.

But more than the sleepless anxiety of Henry IV would be the man who realizes ‘uneasy lies the head that usurps a crown’.

See Malaysiakini’s Nizar: Prominent police presence created climate of fear where Zambry Abdul Kadir required the protection of a battalion of police inside the DUN to protect his questionable legitimacy as MB of Perak (shame on the BN for involving the police in the so-called hallowed hall, and shame on the police for interfering with the legislative) ...

... and equally questionable BN speaker R Ganesan had to have six security personnel as bodyguards - see Malaysiakini’s Minor commotion, media confined to viewing room.

This had been the appalling abysmal abject situation in the sitting of the State Legislative Assembly of Perak where the pretender to the State's chief executive position knows how ‘uneasy lies the head that usurps a crown’.


  1. The Perak State Assembly
    The Perakians moan of its dying state
    Swallowing up in pity...........
    The people's representatives denying right to rule

    The pretender government
    Through the Sultan forgetting his law
    Through the court judges bending the Constitution
    For the back door government legitimacy

    How low Perak shine?
    The State Assembly police officers hide
    It becomes a hollow God doesn't agree
    The pretender needs police security

    The silver dragon fires
    A glow in peoples' eyes
    The time will come
    They face the history make

    The crown is heavy
    When people don't agree
    The sleepless nights red eyes glow
    The voters will make them pay

  2. Another head that usurps a crown sighs: "If only Angela Yam is here, instead of this old hag..."