The Divine Right of Kings

by Edgar Allan Poe

Published 1845


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The only king by right divine
Is Ellen King, and were she mine
I’d strive for liberty no more,
But hug the glorious chains I wore.

Her bosom is an ivory throne,
Where tyrant virtue reigns alone;
No subject vice dare interfere,
To check the power that governs here.

O! would she deign to rule my fate,
I’d worship Kings and kingly state,
And hold this maxim all life long,
The King — my King — can do no wrong.          P.


The Divine Right of Kings,” one of many poems by Edgar Allan Poe, was first published in 1845.


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