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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 - 161,711 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (5/3/2016 5:15:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, Indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 65,447 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 - 15,205 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. Fruit Of The Flower , Countee Cullen
  3. 3. The Flower , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  5. 5. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  6. 6. A Red Flower , Claude McKay
  7. 7. Flower-Gathering , Robert Frost
  8. 8. The Flower-School , Rabindranath Tagore
  9. 9. Flower Of Love , Claude McKay
  10. 10. Flower God, God Of The Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. 11. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower , William Carlos Williams
  12. 12. (my Beautiful Flower) , Allen Steble
  13. 13. The Flower Boat , Robert Frost
  14. 14. A Flower Given To My Daughter , James Joyce
  15. 15. Song Of The Flower Xxiii , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. Climbing West Of Lotus Flower Peak , Li Po
  17. 17. A Flower In The Rain , Robert Rorabeck
  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. Where The Passion Flower Grows , Charles M Moore
  23. 23. The Easter Flower , Claude McKay
  24. 24. Autumn Flower , Hebert Logerie
  25. 25. As If Some Little Arctic Flower , Emily Dickinson
  26. 26. The Faded Flower , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  27. 27. - A Little Flower - , Dmitriy Kokarev
  28. 28. A Flower Girl , Per. Nig.
  29. 29. The Chanpa Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  30. 30. The Flower , George Herbert
  31. 31. Having Misidentified A Wild-Flower , Richard Wilbur
  32. 32. Soldier, Maiden, And Flower , Eugene Field
  33. 33. By A Flower—by A Letter , Emily Dickinson
  34. 34. The Gardener Lvii: I Plucked Your Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  35. 35. ! A Flower Is A Flower ! , Linda Ori
  36. 36. The Flower-Fed Buffaloes , Vachel Lindsay
  37. 37. A Flower-Piece By Fantin , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  38. 38. Flower , Olivia Taylor
  39. 39. A Flower In Disguise… , Kesav Venkat Easwaran
  40. 40. A Flower For You , Antonio Liao
  41. 41. Delia Xxxiii: When Men Shall Find Thy Fl.. , Samuel Daniel
  42. 42. I Hide Myself Within My Flower , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Flower To Flower , Kranthi Pothineni
  44. 44. Flower-Salute , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. There Is A Flower That Bees Prefer , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. Hugo's "Flower To Butterfly" , Eugene Field
  47. 47. The Beauteous Flower - Son Of The Impris.. , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  48. 48. The Flower Of Mending , Vachel Lindsay
  49. 49. Flower-Life , Henry Timrod
  50. 50. A Cactus Flower , nimal dunuhinga
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