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Flower Of Love - Poem by Oscar Wilde

Sweet, I blame you not, for mine the fault was, had I not been made of common
clay
I had climbed the higher heights unclimbed yet, seen the fuller air, the
larger day.

From the wildness of my wasted passion I had struck a better, clearer song,
Lit some lighter light of freer freedom, battled with some Hydra-headed wrong.

Had my lips been smitten into music by the kisses that but made them bleed,
You had walked with Bice and the angels on that verdant and enamelled meed.

I had trod the road which Dante treading saw the suns of seven circles shine,
Ay! perchance had seen the heavens opening, as they opened to the Florentine.

And the mighty nations would have crowned me, who am crownless now and without
name,
And some orient dawn had found me kneeling on the threshold of the House of
Fame.

I had sat within that marble circle where the oldest bard is as the young,
And the pipe is ever dropping honey, and the lyre's strings are ever strung.

Keats had lifted up his hymeneal curls from out the poppy-seeded wine,
With ambrosial mouth had kissed my forehead, clasped the hand of noble love in
mine.

And at springtide, when the apple-blossoms brush the burnished bosom of the
dove,
Two young lovers lying in an orchard would have read the story of our love;

Would have read the legend of my passion, known the bitter secret of my heart,
Kissed as we have kissed, but never parted as we two are fated now to part.

For the crimson flower of our life is eaten by the cankerworm of truth,
And no hand can gather up the fallen withered petals of the rose of youth.

Yet I am not sorry that I loved you -ah! what else had I a boy to do? -
For the hungry teeth of time devour, and the silent-footed years pursue.

Rudderless, we drift athwart a tempest, and when once the storm of youth is
past,
Without lyre, without lute or chorus, Death the silent pilot comes at last.

And within the grave there is no pleasure, for the blindworm battens on the
root,
And Desire shudders into ashes, and the tree of Passion bears no fruit.

Ah! what else had I to do but love you? God's own mother was less dear to me,
And less dear the Cytheraean rising like an argent lily from the sea.

I have made my choice, have lived my poems, and, though youth is gone in
wasted days,
I have found the lover's crown of myrtle better than the poet's crown of bays.


Comments about Flower Of Love by Oscar Wilde

  • Gold Star - 120,887 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (5/3/2016 5:15:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, Indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 62,694 Points * Sunprincess * (2/7/2016 12:06:00 PM)

    ......a poem so beautifully penned with a pen dipped in the ink of romance ★ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,051 Points Francis Lynch (7/18/2014 8:40:00 AM)

    Ah, Oscar. Had you lived today. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Flower

  1. 1. Flower Of Love , Oscar Wilde
  2. 2. Flower-Gathering , Robert Frost
  3. 3. A Red Flower , Claude McKay
  4. 4. The Flower , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  5. 5. Fruit Of The Flower , Countee Cullen
  6. 6. Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  7. 7. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. Flower Of Love , Claude McKay
  9. 9. The Flower-School , Rabindranath Tagore
  10. 10. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower , William Carlos Williams
  11. 11. (my Beautiful Flower) , Allen Steble
  12. 12. The Flower Boat , Robert Frost
  13. 13. Climbing West Of Lotus Flower Peak , Li Po
  14. 14. Flower God, God Of The Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. 15. A Flower Given To My Daughter , James Joyce
  16. 16. A Flower In The Rain , Robert Rorabeck
  17. 17. Song Of The Flower Xxiii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. A Word And A Flower , Sandra Fowler
  19. 19. November Cotton Flower , Jean Toomer
  20. 20. Chelsea Flower Show , Ernestine Northover
  21. 21. The Flower Of Liberty , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  22. 22. The Easter Flower , Claude McKay
  23. 23. Autumn Flower , Hebert Logerie
  24. 24. Where The Passion Flower Grows , Charles M Moore
  25. 25. As If Some Little Arctic Flower , Emily Dickinson
  26. 26. Soldier, Maiden, And Flower , Eugene Field
  27. 27. The Flower , George Herbert
  28. 28. A Flower Girl , Per. Nig.
  29. 29. The Faded Flower , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  30. 30. - A Little Flower - , Dmitriy Kokarev
  31. 31. By A Flower—by A Letter , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. The Chanpa Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  33. 33. The Flower-Fed Buffaloes , Vachel Lindsay
  34. 34. The Gardener Lvii: I Plucked Your Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  35. 35. ! A Flower Is A Flower ! , Linda Ori
  36. 36. A Flower-Piece By Fantin , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37. 37. A Flower In Disguise… , Kesav Venkat Easwaran
  38. 38. A Flower For You , Antonio Liao
  39. 39. Having Misidentified A Wild-Flower , Richard Wilbur
  40. 40. I Hide Myself Within My Flower , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Flower , Olivia Taylor
  42. 42. Delia Xxxiii: When Men Shall Find Thy Fl.. , Samuel Daniel
  43. 43. Flower-Salute , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. Hugo's "Flower To Butterfly" , Eugene Field
  45. 45. The Beauteous Flower - Son Of The Impris.. , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  46. 46. Flower-Life , Henry Timrod
  47. 47. Rose Of Roses And Flower Of Flowers, , Alfonso X El Sabio
  48. 48. The Flower Of Mending , Vachel Lindsay
  49. 49. The Red Flower , Henry Van Dyke
  50. 50. Flower To Flower , Kranthi Pothineni
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