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.


Comments about Ad Olum by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/1/2018 1:38:00 AM)

    Set free thy slave! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/1/2018 1:37:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Robert Louis Stevenson👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/1/2018 12:44:00 AM)

    Our high desires do our low fortunes make:
    Those only who desire palatial things
    Do bear the fetters and the frowns of Kings;(Report)Reply

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  • Laura Burns (10/2/2014 3:46:00 PM)

    This poem is a draft, published posthumously.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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