3806. A Little Kingdom I Possess

1. 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.

2. 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?

3. 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.

4. 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.

Text Information
First Line: A little kingdom I possess
Title: A Little Kingdom I Possess
Author: Louisa M. Alcott (1846)
Meter: CMD
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Mrs. Eva Mun­son Smith, in her Woman in Sac­red Song, 1885, p. 668, gives Miss Al­cott’s hymn, “A lit­tle king­dom I pos­sess,” and prints a note there­on from Miss Al­cott, dated "Con­cord [Mass­a­chu­setts], Oct. 7, 1883," in which Miss Al­cott says that this hymn is "the on­ly hymn I ev­er wrote. It was com­posed at thir­teen, and…still ex­press­es my soul’s de­sire." Julian, p. 1602
Tune Information
Composer: Alonzo P. Howard (1873)
Meter: CMD
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Public Domain

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