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"The Divine Right of Kings" by Edgar Allan Poe
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The picture used is a public domain photo of Frances S. Osgood taken in 1848. The "Ellen King" referenced in the work is believed to be a covert reference to Frances Osgood. At least, she sometimes went by the name Ellen, and Poe was at this time writing several poems to/about her, so it seems the best possible fit. Otherwise there is no woman by the name of Ellen King with any known association to Poe.

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.

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