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My Kingdom

Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson | Biography
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 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.



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