Part5 King Canute on the SeashoreLong ago, England was ruled by a king named Canute.Like many leaders and men of power,Canute was surrounded by people who were always praising him.Everytime he walked into a room, the flattery began."You are the greatest man that ever lived," one would say.Then another would insist,"Oh king! There can never be another man so mighty as you,"And someone would smile and say,"Your highness, there is nothing you cannot do.""Great Canute, you are the monarch of all,"another would sing. "Nothing in this world dares to disobey you."The king was a man of senses,and he grew tired of hearing such foolish speeches.One day he was walking by the seashore,and his officers and courtiers were with him, praising him as usual.Canute decided to teach them a lesson,so he bade them set his chair on the beach close by the edge of the water."So you say I am the greatest man in the world?" he asked."Oh king," they cried, "there never has been anyone as powerful as you,and there never be anyone so great, ever again!""And you say all things obey me'?" Canute asked."Absolutely!" they said."The world bows before you, and gives you honor.""I see”the king answered."In that case. bring me my chair, and we will go down to the water.""At once, your majesty!"They scrambled to carry his royal chair over the sands.