Lord Alfred Douglas
Lord Alfred Douglas Poems
- The Green River I know a green grass path that leaves the ...
- Autumn Days I have been through the woods to-day And the ...
- The Dead Poet I dreamed of him last night, I saw his face ...
- Rejected Alas ! I have lost my God, My beautiful God ...
- The City Of The Soul: Ii What shall we do, my soul, to please...
- Not All The Singers Of A Thous... Not all the singers ...
- A Prayer Often the western wind has sung to me, There have ...
Lord Alfred Douglas is remembered today for his tumultuous association with Oscar Wilde and as a minor poet.
Douglas, universally known as Bosie, was born October 22, 1870, the third son of John Sholto Douglas, ninth Marquess of Queensberry, and Sibyl, née Montgomery.
After a boyhood during which his parents separated, Douglas went up from Winchester to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1889. He met Oscar Wilde through a mutual friend in early summer, 1891, and they became lovers the following spring. Douglas's beauty was "like a narcissus--white and gold," as Wilde told Robert Ross.
Most of Douglas's homoerotic poetry was written between 1893 and 1896 and ... more »
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The Green River
I know a green grass path that leaves the field,
And like a running river, winds along
Into a leafy wood where is no throng
Of birds at noon-day, and no soft throats yield
Their music to the moon. The place is sealed,
An unclaimed sovereignty of voiceless song,
And all the unravished silences belong
To some sweet singer lost or unrevealed.
So is my soul become a silent place.
Oh, may I wake from this uneasy night
To find a voice of music manifold.
Let it be shape of sorrow with wan face,
Or Love that swoons on sleep, or else delight
That is ...