Vox populi, vox Dei: the voice of the people is the voice of God.
It was about this time that he talked about the "nux vomica," instead of the "vox Populi."
Nor does he seem to have held, like Rousseau, the vox populi as the voice of God.
In this case at least it may be assumed that for once vox populi is vox dei.
As one of the classic writers has it, it turned out "Vox populi vox Dei," for the hero was awarded the prize.
Even then the vox populi was filling the political heavens with a clamor not to be denied by the ambitious.
I believe the vox populi, vox Dei, still comprises the only wholesome decision which has yet been made on the subject.
Vox populi est vox Dei is obviously the apotheosis of ones own voice while speaking as crowd-man.
And in some greater and higher sense than we had yet perceived, the saying 'vox populi vox dei' was eternally true.
Indeed, it is doubtful whether the vox populi would have allowed the expedition but for these more sentimental considerations.