Alexander I- the pacifier of Europe, the man who from his early years had striven only for his people's welfare, the originator of the liberal innovations in his fatherland- now that he seemed to possess the utmost power and therefore to have the possibility of bringing about the welfare of his peoples- at the time when Napoleon in exile was drawing up childish and mendacious plans of how he would have made mankind happy had he retained power- Alexander I, having fulfilled his mission and feeling the hand of God
upon him, suddenly recognizes the insignificance of that supposed power, turns away from it, and gives it into the hands of contemptible men whom he despises, saying only:
How, sire, will the people, whom the hand of God
has placed under your law, argue of your reign, if between them and you, you allow angry and violent ministers to interpose their mischief?
the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God
Tis the hand of God
, I'm tellin' you," is the way Louis sees it.
Chance, or rather God, for we can see the hand of God
in everything, had willed that Cornelius van Baerle should happen to hit upon one of these very pigeons.
In the relating what is already past of my story, this will be the more easily believed when I shall add, that through all the variety of miseries that had to this day befallen me, I never had so much as one thought of it being the hand of God, or that it was a just punishment for my sin - my rebellious behaviour against my father - or my present sins, which were great - or so much as a punishment for the general course of my wicked life.
Even when I was afterwards, on due consideration, made sensible of my condition, how I was cast on this dreadful place, out of the reach of human kind, out of all hope of relief, or prospect of redemption, as soon as I saw but a prospect of living and that I should not starve and perish for hunger, all the sense of my affliction wore off; and I began to be very easy, applied myself to the works proper for my preservation and supply, and was far enough from being afflicted at my condition, as a judgment from heaven, or as the hand of God against me: these were thoughts which very seldom entered my head.
I had fallen sick with this dis- ease, and it was to the priest I said the words, for he was come to chide me for lack of due humility under the chastening hand of God
The eager mariners but ask him who he is, and where from; whereas, they not only receive an answer to those questions, but likewise another answer to a question not put by them, but the unsolicited answer is forced from Jonah by the hard hand of God
that is upon him.
It is only the hand of God
, placed beneath my head, that has raised me up.
This child of its father's guilt and its mother's shame has come from the hand of God
, to work in many ways upon her heart, who pleads so earnestly and with such bitterness of spirit the right to keep her.
Exceedingly moody and dejected was the sorely wounded Don Quixote, with his face bandaged and marked, not by the hand of God
, but by the claws of a cat, mishaps incidental to knight-errantry.