Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Apologia

Poem by Oscar Wilde

IS it thy will that I should wax and wane,
Barter my cloth of gold for hodden grey,
And at thy pleasure weave that web of pain
Whose brightest threads are each a wasted day?

Is it thy will--Love that I love so well--
That my Soul's House should be a tortured spot
Wherein, like evil paramours, must dwell
The quenchless flame, the worm that dieth not?

Nay, if it be thy will I shall endure,
And sell ambition at the common mart,
And let dull failure be my vestiture,
And sorrow dig its grave within my heart.

Perchance it may be better so--at least
I have not made my heart a heart of stone,
Nor starved my boyhood of its goodly feast,
Nor walked where Beauty is a thing unknown.

Many a man hath done so; sought to fence
In straitened bonds the soul that should be free,
Trodden the dusty road of common sense,
While all the forest sang of liberty,

Not marking how the spotted hawk in flight
Passed on wide pinion through the lofty air,
To where the steep untrodden mountain height
Caught the last tresses of the Sun God's hair.

Or how the little flower he trod upon,
The daisy, that white-feathered shield of gold,
Followed with wistful eyes the wandering sun
Content if once its leaves were aureoled.

But surely it is something to have been
The best belovèd for a little while,
To have walked hand in hand with Love, and seen
His purple wings flit once across thy smile.

Ay! though the gorgèd asp of passion feed
On my boy's heart, yet have I burst the bars,
Stood face to face with Beauty, known indeed
The Love which moves the Sun and all the stars!


Comments about Apologia by Oscar Wilde

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/11/2017 10:11:00 PM)

    A tortured spot! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (10/11/2017 5:41:00 PM)

    And passion fills a young boys heart
    That men just cannot see.. iip.. James(Report)Reply

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (10/11/2017 10:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem of love. The love which moves the sun and all the stars.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/11/2017 6:47:00 AM)

    His purple wings flit once across thy smile.
    A great poem worth reading a 100 times. Thanks for the deep love coded within.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/11/2017 12:40:00 AM)

    The Love which moves the Sun and all the stars, feeds passion of affection through tender touch. This is excellently penned poem shared here.10(Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi BanerjeeMadhabi Banerjee (1/4/2017 4:28:00 AM)

    excellent. but difficult to understand(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (10/17/2015 6:31:00 PM)

    ....most wondeful, especially love this line ★
    The love which moves the sun
    and all the stars!(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/14/2014 3:50:00 AM)

    This poem is amazing but difficult to understand for ordinary readers and such greatness.(Report)Reply

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  • John KagoJohn Kago (11/21/2013 6:56:00 AM)

    absolute genius in delivery. cant get enough of it..(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Ali (3/3/2008 9:38:00 PM)

    This poem is so amazing and beautiful! love it.
    Mary(Report)Reply

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  • SS BAGHELA (9/30/2005 9:45:00 AM)

    Oscar Wilde is brilliant here.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2001



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