New poems and variant readings/Ad Olum

New poems and variant readings  (1918)  by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ad Olum


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.