Poem of the Week: A Little Kingdom I Possess by Louisa May Alcott

29 June 2012

Golden sunshiny day....
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A Little Kingdom I Possess
By Louisa May Alcott

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell,
And very hard I find the task
Of governing it well;
For passion tempts and troubles me,
A wayward will misleads,
And selfishness its shadow casts,
On all my will and deeds.

How can I learn to rule myself,
To be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire
Of trying to be good?
How can I keep a sunny soul
To shine along life’s way?
How can I tune my little heart,
To sweetly sing all day?

Dear Father, help me with the love
That castest out my fear!
Teach me to lean on Thee and feel
That thou art very near.
That no temptation is unseen,
No childish grief too small,
Since Thou, with patience infinite,
Dost soothe and comfort all.

I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.
Be Thou my Guide until I find,
Led by a tender hand,
Thy happy kingdom in myself
And dare to take command.

I hope you ladies are having a lovely day!

2 epistles:

  1. This poem was positively enchanting! Rest up, drink a glass of something refreshing, and I hope you'll get over the soreness whilst holding onto the happiness! By the way, I am halfway through Violets are Blue- congratulations on getting your lovely book into the world! It's a refreshing story of friendship and travailing through hardship. I thought you might like to know how much I'm enjoying it. Have a great rest of your day!

  2. Hi Elizabeth!
    What a beautiful poem-- Louisa May Alcott had such a way with words. :D
    I noticed that you've put my giveaway button up on your sidebar. Thanks so much for doing that! Are you interested in being entered in my giveaway? If so, just drop me a comment on this blog post (http://miss-dashwood.blogspot.com/2012/06/only-novel-giveaway.html). I can't enter anyone who hasn't commented, so I thought I'd just let you know. :D
    Have a great day!


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