The Kingdom of Love

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Author: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Kingdom of Love

In the dawn of the day when the sea and the earth
Reflected the sunrise above,
I set forth with a heart full of courage and mirth
To seek for the Kingdom of Love.
I asked of a Poet I met on the way
Which cross-road would lead me aright;
And he said "Follow me, and ere long you shall see
Its glittering turrets of light."

And soon in the distance a city shone fair.
"Look yonder," he said; "How it gleams!"
But alas! for the hopes that were doomed to despair,
It was only the "Kingdom of Dreams."
Then the next man I asked was a gay Cavalier,
And he said: "Follow me, follow me";
And with laughter and song we went speeding along
By the shores of Life’s beautiful sea.

Then we came to a valley more tropical far
Than the wonderful vale of Cashmere,
And I saw from a bower a face like a flower
Smile out on the gay Cavalier;
And he said: "We have come to humanity’s goal:
Here love and delight are intense."
But alas and alas! for the hopes of my soul -
It was only the "Kingdom of Sense."

As I journeyed more slowly I met on the road
A coach with retainers behind;
And they said: "Follow me, for our Lady’s abode
Belongs in that realm, you will find."
’Twas a grand dame of fashion, a newly-made bride,
I followed, encouraged and bold;
But my hopes died away like the last gleams of day,
For we came to the "Kingdom of Gold."

At the door of a cottage I asked a fair maid.
"I have heard of that realm," she replied;
"But my feet never roam from the ’Kingdom of Home,’
So I know not the way," and she sighed.
I looked on the cottage; how restful it seemed!
And the maid was as fair as a dove.
Great light glorified my soul as I cried:
"Why, HOME is the ’Kingdom of Love’!"

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Chicago: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "The Kingdom of Love," The Kingdom of Love, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The Kingdom of Love (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed May 19, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=IRPM7BH7DJNFP4A.

MLA: Wilcox, Ella Wheeler. "The Kingdom of Love." The Kingdom of Love, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The Kingdom of Love, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 19 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=IRPM7BH7DJNFP4A.

Harvard: Wilcox, EW, 'The Kingdom of Love' in The Kingdom of Love, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The Kingdom of Love, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=IRPM7BH7DJNFP4A.