Saturday, October 8, 2011

My Kingdom by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's poem about self government.  I'd like to memorize this one with the kids.  It touches my soul.

My Kingdom

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. 


  1. Hi, Beth. I'm in your Abigail Adams Academy class.

    Thanks for sharing this poem -- I'm glad to know of it and look forward to sharing it with my children when we get to Alcott's writings.

    I was joyed to check out your other blogs about natural birth. I'm also passionate about the movement for freedom and information regarding pregnancy and birth, partly with Dar a Luz, a young organization all about providing a wide array of information on birth. We birthed our last 2 children at home.

    I hope you're doing well.


  2. I'm glad that you can benefit from this blog! It really is helping me easily preserve all the wonderful resources and inspiration that I come across so often!

    And isn't it funny how homeschool and natural birth often go hand-in-hand? It's all about trusting the process, isn't it?