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A man of great power,
beloved of a nation,
leader of an army,
exalted in his station.
When he marched to battle,
all his might assembled,
soldiers, once formidable,
in sight of him, they trembled.

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    $\begingroup$ Obviously it's Donald Trump. $\endgroup$ – Rupert Morrish Mar 21 '18 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ When did he march to battle? And no, political debates and elections are not battles. $\endgroup$ – cbmeeks Mar 21 '18 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ @cbmeeks Ford Prefect? Is that you? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 21 '18 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ @cbmeeks "political debates and elections are not battles": with metaphor, all things are possible. $\endgroup$ – phoog Mar 21 '18 at 22:11
  • $\begingroup$ Oh my people....yes, I understand sarcasm. Doesn't appear you did. lol $\endgroup$ – cbmeeks Mar 22 '18 at 13:00
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My guess is:

Napoleon Bonaparte.

Mostly because:

The initial letters of each line start the classic palindrome "Able was I ere I saw Elba."

And also:

A man of great power, ..., exalted in his station.

Emperor of France.

Leader of an army.

Best known as a military genius.

As for the last four lines:

Maybe that's referring to the incident near the beginning of the Hundred Days, with the troops sent to arrest him? Napoleon reportedly ripped open his coat and said: "If any of you will shoot his Emperor, here I am." Then the troops instead defected to his side. (Also could illustrate the "beloved of a nation" line.)

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    $\begingroup$ Damn, just beat me to it. $\endgroup$ – gnovice Mar 21 '18 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ Beat me to it! Then @gnovice beat me to saying "Beat me to it"! $\endgroup$ – DqwertyC Mar 21 '18 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ Beat me to it by saying "Beat me it to it" by saying... "beat me to it"! ;P $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Mar 21 '18 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, this was clearly too easy! That was so fast I can't even accept the answer yet. There are no more essential details, it's just the bit in your "mostly because" section that matter. $\endgroup$ – Statman Mar 21 '18 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ So that's where they stole the Dr Who scene from (in Hell Bent, IIRC). $\endgroup$ – Will Crawford Mar 22 '18 at 1:45

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