My Kingdom by Sara Cone Bryant

[1] From Louisa M. Alcott's Life, Letters, and Journals (Little, Brown & Co.). Copyright, 1878, by Louisa M. Alcott. Copyright, 1906, by J. S. P. 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 words 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 casteth 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,
    Doth soothe and comfort all.
  I do not ask for any crown
    But that which all may win,
  Nor seek 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.