King Kalakaua’s Boast.
O’er land and sea I’ve made my way
To farthest Ind, and great Cathay;
Reached Afric’s shores, and Europe’s strand;
And met the mighty of every land.
And as I stood by each sovereign’s side,
Who ruled his realm with a royal pride,
I felt how small my sway,—and weak:—
My throne based on a mere volcanic peak,
Where millions do these Kings obey,
Some thousands only own my sway.
And yet I feel that I may boast,
Some good within my sea-bound coast,
Richer than those of my grander peers,
That I within my realm need have no fears:—
May mingle with my people without dread:
No danger fear for my unguarded head,
And boast a treasure, sent me from above
That I have indeed, my people’s love.
(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 8/27/1881, p. 1)