by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

I am a King
Language: English 
I am a King,
  Or an Emperor rather,
I wear crown-imperial
  And prince's-feather;
Golden-rod is the sceptre
  I wield and wag,
And a broad purple flag-flower
  Waves for my flag.

Elder the pithy
  With old-man and sage,
These are my councillors
  Green in old age;
Lord-and-ladies in silence
  Stand round me and wait,
While gay ragged-robin
  Makes bows at my gate. 

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This text was added to the website: 2006-01-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 61