“If there be any among those common objects of hatred I do
contemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, virtue, and
religion, the multitude . . . one great beast and a monstrosity more
prodigious than Hydra,” Horace, Epist. i. 1. 76 “belua
multorum es capitum.” Also Hamilton's “Sir, your
people is a great beast,” Sidney, Arcadia, bk. ii.
“Many-headed multitude,” Wallas, Human Nature
in Politics, p. 172 “ . . . like Plato's sophist
is learning what the public is and is beginning to understand
‘the passions and desires’ of that ‘huge
and powerful brute,'” Shakes.Coriolanus iv. i.
2 “The beast with many heads Butts me