Down by a shining water well I found a very little dell, No higher than my head. The heather and the gorse about In summer bloom were coming out, Some yellow and some red. I called the little pool a sea; The little hills were big to me; For I am very small. I made a boat, I made a town, I searched the caverns up and down, And named them one and all. And all about was mine, I said, The little sparrows overhead, The little minnows too. This was the world and I was king; For me the bees came by to sing, For me the swallows flew. I played there were no deeper seas, Nor any wider plains than these, Nor other kings than me. At last I heard my mother call Out from the house at evenfall, To call me home to tea. And I must rise and leave my dell, And leave my dimpled water well, And leave my heather blooms. Alas! and as my home I neared, How very big my nurse appeared, How great and cool the rooms!
- by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "My kingdom", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Thomas Crawford , "My kingdom", published 1915 [voice and piano], from Songs with Music from "A Child's Garden of Verses", no. 11. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Richard Franko Goldman (1910 - 1980), "My kingdom", published 1952. [medium voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Jan Masséus (1913 - 1999), "My kingdom", op. 47a no. 1 (1974), from My kingdom, no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Oskar Morawetz (b. 1917), "My kingdom", 1972 [soprano and piano], from A child's garden of verses [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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