But they are not without benevolent and beneficent attributes.
The picture of Egypt under Mehemet Ali is nevertheless not complete without regard being had to the beneficent side of his rule.
Under his severe but beneficent rule, Germany enjoyed, a period of internal quiet such as she had probably never experienced before, but even Henry could not permanently divert from its course the main political tendency of the age, the desire of the great feudal lords for independence.
He is a beneficent and venerable old man of the sea, full of wisdom and skilled in prophecy, but, like Proteus, he will only reveal what he knows under compulsion.
Of all these interventions the most justifiable and beneficent, perhaps, was that which related to the Swiss cantons.