It is a great wonder
how Almighty God in His magnificence
favors our race with rank and scope
and the gift of wisdom; His sway is wide.
Sometimes he allows the mind of a man
of distinguished birth to follow its bent,
grants him fulfillment and felicity on earth
and forts to command in his own country.

Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)

Lines 1724-1731: The fate of every person is ordained by God, including that of kings.