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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.


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  • Rookie Tejashwi Kumar (7/31/2018 5:22:00 AM)

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    Nice poem Mr. Wilde😆 (Report) Reply

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Poems About Flower

  1. 1. Flower Of Love , Oscar Wilde
  2. 2. A Red Flower , Claude McKay
  3. 3. Fruit Of The Flower , Countee Cullen
  4. 4. Flower God, God Of The Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. 5. Flower-Gathering , Robert Frost
  6. 6. Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  7. 7. The Flower , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  8. 8. Flower Of Love , Claude McKay
  9. 9. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower , William Carlos Williams
  10. 10. Where The Passion Flower Grows , Charles M Moore
  11. 11. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  12. 12. The Flower-Fed Buffaloes , Vachel Lindsay
  13. 13. A Flower Given To My Daughter , James Joyce
  14. 14. The Flower-School , Rabindranath Tagore
  15. 15. The Easter Flower , Claude McKay
  16. 16. The Flower Boat , Robert Frost
  17. 17. Song Of The Flower Xxiii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. Soldier, Maiden, And Flower , Eugene Field
  19. 19. The Flower Of Liberty , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  20. 20. (my Beautiful Flower) , Allen Steble
  21. 21. The Flower , George Herbert
  22. 22. November Cotton Flower , Jean Toomer
  23. 23. By A Flower—by A Letter , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. The Faded Flower , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. As If Some Little Arctic Flower , Emily Dickinson
  26. 26. A Flower Girl , Per. Nig.
  27. 27. The Lotus-Flower , Roderic Quinn
  28. 28. Climbing West Of Lotus Flower Peak , Li Po
  29. 29. The Flower Shop , Robert William Service
  30. 30. Flower-Life , Henry Timrod
  31. 31. There Is A Flower That Bees Prefer , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. Hugo's "Flower To Butterfly" , Eugene Field
  33. 33. To The Same Flower (Second Poem) , William Wordsworth
  34. 34. I Hide Myself Within My Flower , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. A Flower-Piece By Fantin , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  36. 36. The Chanpa Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  37. 37. Having Misidentified A Wild-Flower , Richard Wilbur
  38. 38. The Gardener Lvii: I Plucked Your Flower , Rabindranath Tagore
  39. 39. Delia Xxxiii: When Men Shall Find Thy Fl.. , Samuel Daniel
  40. 40. The Flower Must Not Blame The Bee , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. A Flower Is A Flower! , Ramesh T A
  42. 42. A Word And A Flower , Sandra Fowler
  43. 43. A Flower In The Rain , Robert Rorabeck
  44. 44. The Beauteous Flower - Son Of The Impris.. , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. Perhaps You'D Like To Buy A Flower , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. We Should Not Mind So Small A Flower , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. - A Little Flower - , Dmitriy Kokarev
  48. 48. The Red Flower , Henry Van Dyke
  49. 49. Flower-Salute , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. A Flower For You , Antonio Liao
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