It is petty, but his constant railing against human nature reminds one of King Canute ordering the tide to recede.
About this time Canute's blade appeared to have become in earnest.
Canute, over there, you've got three little girls, ain't you?
Canute uses him to strengthen his back; never to shield his face.
There was once a king of England, named Canute, who was a brave and clever man.
Now a secret messenger arrived from Canute yesterday, and had a long private interview with Alfgar.
As it proved, King Canute was not the man to be caught napping.
Sigvat made many other songs concerning this expedition of Canute and Hakon.
This ended the war for the time, Canute returning to England.
At important points Canute landed and summoned the franklins to formal assemblies.