Sunday, June 13, 2010

Poetry 15

I came across this poem in a book of hymns from various churches. It's listed as a "Sunday School Hymn," which seems appropriate for the author of Little Women and Little Men, with her interest in teaching children. (And not just children -- I'm still working on this lesson too.)

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 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,
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.


Christine said...

I love this poem. Thanks so much for sharing it. I always felt connected to Louisa and now I know why. Similar battles to win. I can't wait to memorize it. Thanks again. :)

kelly said...

I love that poem too. I need to memorize it. That is MY exact prayer!