Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Ad Olum - Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

CALL me not rebel, though { here at every word
{in what I sing
If I no longer hail thee { King and Lord
{ Lord and King
I have redeemed myself with all I had,
And now possess my fortunes poor but glad.
With all I had I have redeemed myself,
And escaped at once from slavery and pelf.
The unruly wishes must a ruler take,
Our high desires do our low fortunes make:
Those only who desire palatial things
Do bear the fetters and the frowns of Kings;
Set free thy slave; thou settest free thyself.


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  • Veteran Poet - 1,743 Points Laura Burns (10/2/2014 3:46:00 PM)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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