Sunday, April 26, 2009

Oscar Wilde - Italia

Author of plays and poems both sensational and devotional, Oscar Wilde is likely best-known for his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray," about a vain young man and the lengths he goes to to enjoy the hedonist's life. Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Wilde.


Italia! thou art fallen, though with sheen

Of battle-spears thy clamorous armies stride

From the north Alps to the Sicilian tide!

Ay! fallen, though the nations hail thee Queen

Because rich gold in every town is seen,

And on thy sapphire lake in tossing pride

Of wind-filled vans thy myriad galleys ride

Beneath one flag of red and white and green.

O Fair and Strong! O Strong and Fair in vain!

Look southward where Rome’s desecrated town

Lies mourning for her God-anointed King!

Look heaven-ward! shall God allow this thing?

Nay! but some flame-girt Raphael shall come down,

And smite the Spoiler with the sword of pain.


The Picture of Dorian Gray
Fic Wilde WCV

The works; including poems, novels, plays, essays, fairy tales and dialogues
820.8 W WAM

Poems and fairy tales of Oscar Wilde
820.8 W WDB

Happy Prince; the complete fairy stories of Oscar Wilde
JFic Wilde WMB

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