The Disciple By Oscar Wilde

The Disciple When Narcissus died the pool of his pleasure changed from a cup of sweet waters into a cup of salt tears, and the…

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My Voice By Oscar Wilde

My Voice WITHIN this restless, hurried, modern world We took our hearts’ full pleasure–You and I, And now the white sails of our ship are…

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Easter Day By Oscar Wilde

Easter Day THE silver trumpets rang across the Dome: The people knelt upon the ground with awe: And borne upon the necks of men I…

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Sonnet By Oscar Wilde

Sonnet CHRIST, dost thou live indeed? or are thy bones Still straightened in their rock-hewn sepulchre? And was thy Rising only dreamed by Her Whose…

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Le Panneau By Oscar Wilde

Le Panneau Under the rose-tree’s dancing shade There stands a little ivory girl, Pulling the leaves of pink and pearl With pale green nails of…

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Ave Imperatrix By Oscar Wilde

Ave Imperatrix SET in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet…

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The New Remorse By Oscar Wilde

The New Remorse The sin was mine; I did not understand. So now is music prisoned in her cave, Save where some ebbing desultory wave…

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Queen Henrietta Maria By Oscar Wilde

Queen Henrietta Maria IN the lone tent, waiting for victory, She stands with eyes marred by the mists of pain, Like some wan lily overdrenched…

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Impression Du Matin By Oscar Wilde

Impression Du Matin THE Thames nocturne of blue and gold Changed to a Harmony in grey: A barge with ochre-coloured hay Dropt from the wharf:…

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A Fragment By Oscar Wilde

A Fragment Beautiful star with the crimson lips And flagrant daffodil hair, Come back, come back, in the shaking ships O’er the much-overrated sea, To…

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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol By Oscar Wilde

The Ballad Of Reading Gaol (In memoriam C. T. W. Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire July 7, 1896)…

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Magdalen Walks By Oscar Wilde

Magdalen Walks THE little white clouds are racing over the sky, And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower of March, The…

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Endymion By Oscar Wilde

Endymion THE apple trees are hung with gold, And birds are loud in Arcady, The sheep lie bleating in the fold, The wild goat runs…

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Tristitiae By Oscar Wilde

Tristitiae O well for him who lives at ease With garnered gold in wide domain, Nor heeds the splashing of the rain, The crashing down…

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Serenade By Oscar Wilde

Serenade THE western wind is blowing fair Across the dark Ægean sea, And at the secret marble stair My Tyrian galley waits for thee. Come…

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La Mer By Oscar Wilde

La Mer A white mist drifts across the shrouds, A wild moon in this wintry sky Gleams like an angry lion’s eye Out of a…

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Ballade De Marguerite (Normande) By Oscar Wilde

Ballade De Marguerite (Normande) I am weary of lying within the chase When the knights are meeting in market-place. Nay, go not thou to the…

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The Master By Oscar Wilde

The Master Now when the darkness came over the earth Joseph of Arimathea, having lighted a torch of pinewood, passed down from the hill into…

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Quantum Mutata By Oscar Wilde

Quantum Mutata THERE was a time in Europe long ago When no man died for freedom anywhere, But England’s lion leaping from its lair Laid…

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Impression – Le Reveillon By Oscar Wilde

Impression – Le Reveillon The sky is laced with fitful red, The circling mists and shadows flee, The dawn is rising from the sea, Like…

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We Are Made One with What We Touch and See By Oscar Wilde

We Are Made One with What We Touch and See We are resolved into the supreme air, We are made one with what we touch…

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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol (Version II) By Oscar Wilde

The Ballad Of Reading Gaol (Version II) Version II He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and…

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Madonna Mia By Oscar Wilde

Madonna Mia A LILY-GIRL, not made for this world’s pain, With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears, And longing eyes half veiled by…

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E Tenebris By Oscar Wilde

E Tenebris COME down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand, For I am drowning in a stormier sea Than Simon on thy lake…

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To Milton By Oscar Wilde

To Milton MILTON! I think thy spirit hath passed away From these white cliffs, and high-embattled towers; This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours Seems fallen…

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Santa Decca By Oscar Wilde

Santa Decca THE Gods are dead: no longer do we bring To grey-eyed Pallas crowns of olive-leaves! Demeter’s child no more hath tithe of sheaves,…

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La Fuite De La Lune By Oscar Wilde

La Fuite De La Lune To outer senses there is peace, A dreamy peace on either hand Deep silence in the shadowy land, Deep silence…

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Ava Maria Plena Gratia By Oscar Wilde

Ava Maria Plena Gratia WAS this His coming! I had hoped to see A scene of wondrous glory, as was told Of some great God…

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The Harlot’s House By Oscar Wilde

The Harlot’s House We caught the tread of dancing feet, We loitered down the moonlit street, And stopped beneath the harlot’s house. Inside, above the…

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Portia By Oscar Wilde

Portia I MARVEL not Bassanio was so bold To peril all he had upon the lead, Or that proud Aragon bent low his head, Or…

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Humanitad By Oscar Wilde

Humanitad IT is full Winter now: the trees are bare, Save where the cattle huddle from the cold Beneath the pine, for it doth never…

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Urbs Sacra Æterna By Oscar Wilde

Urbs Sacra Æterna ROME! what a scroll of History thine has been In the first days thy sword republican Ruled the whole world for many…

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The Artist By Oscar Wilde

The Artist One evening there came into his soul the desire to fashion an image of The Pleasure that abideth for a Moment. And he…

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Louis Napoleon By Oscar Wilde

Louis Napoleon EAGLE of Austerlitz! where were thy wings When far away upon a barbarous strand, In fight unequal, by an obscure hand, Fell the…

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Double Villanelle By Oscar Wilde

Double Villanelle I. O goat-foot God of Arcady! This modern world is grey and old, And what remains to us of thee? No more the…

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Under The Balcony By Oscar Wilde

Under The Balcony O beautiful star with the crimson mouth! O moon with the brows of gold! Rise up, rise up, from the odorous south!…

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Silentium Amoris By Oscar Wilde

Silentium Amoris AS oftentimes the too resplendent sun Hurries the pallid and reluctant moon Back to her sombre cave, ere she hath won A single…

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La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente By Oscar Wilde

La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente MY limbs are wasted with a flame, My feet are sore with travelling, For calling on my Lady’s name…

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Athanasia By Oscar Wilde

Athanasia To that gaunt House of Art which lacks for naught Of all the great things men have saved from Time, The withered body of…

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The Grave Of Keats By Oscar Wilde

The Grave Of Keats RID of the world’s injustice, and his pain, He rests at last beneath God’s veil of blue: Taken from life when…

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Phedre By Oscar Wilde

Phedre (To Sarah Bernhardt) How vain and dull this common world must seem To such a One as thou, who should’st have talked At Florence…

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Holy Week At Genoa By Oscar Wilde

Holy Week At Genoa I wandered through Scoglietto’s far retreat, The oranges on each o’erhanging spray Burned as bright lamps of gold to shame the…

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Vita Nuova By Oscar Wilde

Vita Nuova I STOOD by the unvintageable sea Till the wet waves drenched face and hair with spray, The long red fires of the dying…

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Symphony In Yellow By Oscar Wilde

Symphony In Yellow An omnibus across the bridge Crawls like a yellow butterfly, And, here and there a passer-by Shows like a little restless midge….

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Lotus Leaves By Oscar Wilde

Lotus Leaves I – There is no peace beneath the moon,- Ah! in those meadows is there peace Where, girdled with a silver fleece, As…

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Desespoir By Oscar Wilde

Desespoir The seasons send their ruin as they go, For in the spring the narciss shows its head Nor withers till the rose has flamed…

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To My Wife By Oscar Wilde

To My Wife With a Copy of My Poems I can write no stately proem As a prelude to my lay; From a poet to…

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San Miniato By Oscar Wilde

San Miniato SEE, I have climbed the mountain side Up to this holy house of God, Where once that Angel-Painter trod Who saw the heavens…

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Italia By Oscar Wilde

Italia ITALIA! thou art fallen, though with sheen Of battle-spears thy clamorous armies stride From the north Alps to the Sicilian tide! Ay! fallen, though…

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At Verona By Oscar Wilde

At Verona HOW steep the stairs within Kings’ houses are For exile-wearied feet as mine to tread, And O how salt and bitter is the…

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The Grave Of Shelley By Oscar Wilde

The Grave Of Shelley LIKE burnt-out torches by a sick man’s bed Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone; Here doth the little night-owl make…

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Panthea By Oscar Wilde

Panthea NAY, let us walk from fire unto fire, From passionate pain to deadlier delight,– I am too young to live without desire, Too young…

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Her Voice By Oscar Wilde

Her Voice THE wild bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing. Now in a lily-cup, and now Setting…

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Tadium Vita By Oscar Wilde

Tadium Vita TO stab my youth with desperate knives, to wear This paltry age’s gaudy livery, To let each base hand filch my treasury, To…

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Les Silhouettes By Oscar Wilde

Les Silhouettes The sea is flecked with bars of grey, The dull dead wind is out of tune, And like a withered leaf the moon…

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Chanson By Oscar Wilde

Chanson A RING of gold and a milk-white dove Are goodly gifts for thee, And a hempen rope for your own love To hang upon…

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Theocritus By Oscar Wilde

Theocritus O SINGER of Persephone! In the dim meadows desolate Dost thou remember Sicily? Still through the ivy flits the bee Where Amaryllis lies in…

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Quia Multum Amavi By Oscar Wilde

Quia Multum Amavi DEAR Heart I think the young impassioned priest When first he takes from out the hidden shrine His God imprisoned in the…

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In The Gold Room – A Harmony By Oscar Wilde

In The Gold Room – A Harmony Her ivory hands on the ivory keys Strayed in a fitful fantasy, Like the silver gleam when the…

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An Inscription By Oscar Wilde

An Inscription Go little book, To him who, on a lute with horns of pearl, Sang of the white feet of the Golden Girl: And…

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