LE JARDIN DES TUILERIES 129. And hoisted sail, and strained the creaking gear, Against the norwest gale, and all day long. Each startled Dryad sought some safe and leafy ambuscade. And like a dipping swallow the stout ship dashed through the storm. Pierced and struck deep in horrid chambering. Amid the reeds some woodland God reclined. Down the steep rock with hurried feet and fast. Save when the neat-herds lad, his empty pail, Well slung upon his back, with leap and bound, Raced on the other side, and stopped to hail. And let Desire pass across dread Charons icy ford. And in the market showed their brown and pictured pottery. Half swooned for surfeit of such luxuries, Fed on her lips, and round the towered neck. Would almost leave the little meadow bare. CHARMIDES. For round the temple rolled the clang of arms. As through the crisp and rustling fern the heavy cattle strayed. It was as if Numidian javelins Pierced through and through his wild and whirling brain, And his nerves thrilled like throbbing violins In exquisite pulsation, and the pain Was such sweet anguish that he never drew His lips from hers till overhead the lark of warning flew. 33. For whom would not such love make desperate, And nigher came, and touched her throat, and with hands violate, Till from the waist the peplos falling down. When he beheld those grand relentless eyes, Laughed loud for joy, and crying out I come. So turned they back, and feared to look behind, And told the timid swain how they had seen. enough that once their lips could meet In that wild throb when all existences Seem narrowed to one single ecstasy Which dies through its own sweetness and the stress Of too much pleasure, ere Persephone Had bade them serve her by the ebon throne Of the pale God who in the fields of Enna loosed her zone. the air. On a thin twig which hardly bare the weigh of such delight. Charmides and Other Poems, by Oscar Wilde. Nay if thou wilst, back to the beating brine, And watch the purple monsters of the deep. Should beg a guerdon from her pallid Lord. Who would not with her maidenhood entwine. Then come away unto my ambuscade Where clustering woodbine weaves a canopy For amorous pleasaunce, and the rustling shade Of Paphian myrtles seems to sanctify The dearest rites of love, there in the cool And green recesses of its farthest depth there is a pool, The ouzel's haunt, the wild bee's pasturage, For round its rim great creamy lilies float Through their flat leaves in verdant anchorage, Each cup a white-sailed golden-laden boat Steered by a dragon-fly,--be not afraid To leave this wan and wave-kissed shore, surely the place were made For lovers such as we, the Cyprian Queen, One arm around her boyish paramour, Strays often there at eve, and I have seen The moon strip off her misty vestiture For young Endymion's eyes, be not afraid, The panther feet of Dian never tread that secret glade. The trooping fawns at evening came and laid Their cool black noses on my lowest boughs And on my topmost branch the blackbird made A little nest of grasses for his spouse, And now and then a twittering wren would light On a thin twig which hardly bare the weigh of such delight. On the green bank he lay, and let one hand, And soon the breath of morning came and fanned, His hot flushed cheeks, or lifted wantonly, The tangled curls from off his forehead, while. And soon the shepherd in rough woollen cloak. And when he neared his old Athenian home, A mighty billow rose up suddenly Upon whose oily back the clotted foam Lay diapered in some strange fantasy, And clasping him unto its glassy breast, Swept landward, like a white-maned steed upon a venturous quest! Find all the books, read about the author, and more. He is perhaps most famous for his trial, in which he eloquently defended homosexual love and was sentenced to two years of hard labor. I was the Attic shepherd's trysting place, Beneath my shadow Amaryllis lay, And round my trunk would laughing Daphnis chase The timorous girl, till tired out with play She felt his hot breath stir her tangled hair, And turned, and looked, and fled no more from such delightful snare. Nor knew that three days since his eyes had looked on Proserpine. But lay her boar-spear down, and with austere. Then fell from the high heaven one bright star, One dancer left the circling galaxy, And back to Athens on her clattering car In all the pride of venged divinity Pale Pallas swept with shrill and steely clank, And a few gurgling bubbles rose where her boy lover sank. Long time he lay and hardly dared to breathe. Went the glad Greeks well pleased that they their simple vows had done. Or strained black-bearded throats across the dusky parapet. once at least Let me drink deep of passion's wine, and slake My parchèd being with the nectarous feast Which even Gods affect! How long the last kiss was, how fond and late his lingering. And clad in bright and burnished panoply Athena strode across the stretch of sick and shivering sea! But when the doves had reached their wonted goal, Where the wide stair of orbèd marble dips, Its snows into the sea, her fluttering soul, Just shook the trembling petals of her lips. And heard the Oreads faint despairing cry, Whose cadence seemed to play upon the air. Free audio book that you can download in mp3, iPod and iTunes format for your portable audio player. Which in a shady valley by the well-built city stood. Nay, though thou art a God, be not so coy. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is applicable). Sobbing her life out with a bitter cry On the boy's body fell the Dryad maid, Sobbing for incomplete virginity, And raptures unenjoyed, and pleasures dead, And all the pain of things unsatisfied, And the bright drops of crimson youth crept down her throbbing side. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. Swept landward, like a white-maned steed upon a venturous quest! LE PANNEAU 121. Ere from the silent sombre shrine this lover had withdrawn. And heard the goat-foot snoring as he passed. And the mast shuddered as the gaunt owl flew With mocking hoots after the wrathful Queen, And the old pilot bade the trembling crew Hoist the big sail, and told how he had seen Close to the stern a dim and giant form, And like a dipping swallow the stout ship dashed through the storm. Forgat a little while their stolen sweets. Essays and Lectures by Oscar Wilde Download Read more. And draw the feathered notch against her breast, And loose the archèd cord, ay, even now upon the quest, Thou laggard in loves battle! Ready for death with parted lips he stood. Oscar Wilde. Then wearies of their sweets, and goes his way. After writing in different forms throughout the the air Grew silent, and the horses ceased to neigh, And off his brow he tossed the clustering hair, And from his limbs he threw the cloak away, For whom would not such love make desperate, And nigher came, and touched her throat, and with hands violate Undid the cuirass, and the crocus gown, And bared the breasts of polished ivory, Till from the waist the peplos falling down Left visible the secret mystery Which to no lover will Athena show, The grand cool flanks, the crescent thighs, the bossy hills of snow. In melancholy moonless Acheron, Far from the goodly earth and joyous day, Where no spring ever buds, nor ripening sun Weighs down the apple trees, nor flowery May Chequers with chestnut blooms the grassy floor, Where thrushes never sing, and piping linnets mate no more, There by a dim and dark Lethæan well Young Charmides was lying, wearily He plucked the blossoms from the asphodel, And with its little rifled treasury Strewed the dull waters of the dusky stream, And watched the white stars founder, and the land was like a dream, When as he gazed into the watery glass And through his brown hair's curly tangles scanned His own wan face, a shadow seemed to pass Across the mirror, and a little hand Stole into his, and warm lips timidly Brushed his pale cheeks, and breathed their secret forth into a sigh. Download Charmides and Other Poems free in PDF & EPUB format. Save one white girl, who deemed it would not be, So dread a thing to feel a sea-gods arms, And longed to listen to those subtle charms, Insidious lovers weave when they would win, Some fencèd fortress, and stole back again, nor thought it sin. Learn about Author Central. Brushed his pale cheeks, and breathed their secret forth into a sigh. For very beautiful is he, his mouth was made to kiss, Is crescent shaped, the hot and Tyrian noon, Leads from the myrtle-grove no goodlier spouse. She felt his hot breath stir her tangled hair. And like bright sunbeams flitting through a glade. And others bade the halcyon sing her softest lullaby. And when low down she spied the hapless pair. But as it hapt the Queen of Cythere, Who with Adonis all night long had lain Within some shepherd's hut in Arcady, On team of silver doves and gilded wane Was journeying Paphos-ward, high up afar From mortal ken between the mountains and the morning star, And when low down she spied the hapless pair, And heard the Oread's faint despairing cry, Whose cadence seemed to play upon the air As though it were a viol, hastily She bade her pigeons fold each straining plume, And dropt to earth, and reached the strand, and saw their dolorous doom. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge... Recite this poem (upload your own video or voice file). But little care had he for any thing Though up and down the beech the squirrel played, And from the copse the linnet 'gan to sing To her brown mate her sweetest serenade, Ah! REQUIESCAT 67. Fringes his blushing cheeks, and his young limbs are strong and brown: To swim and drown in, the pink clover mead. As the night breezes wandered through the shrine, Till through the open roof above the full and brimming moon. Till thou hast found the old Castalian rill. And from its nest the waking corn-crake flew. Charmides and Other Poems. HUMANITAD 77. Through their flat leaves in verdant anchorage, Each cup a white-sailed golden-laden boat, To leave this wan and wave-kissed shore, surely the place were made. So with soft hands she laid the boy and girl, Her white throat whiter than a moony pearl, Just threaded with a blue veins tapestry, Had not yet ceased to throb, and still her breast. For a phasmid, see Charmides (genus). O come Love come, Still we have time to reach the cavern of thine azure home., Scarce had she spoken when the shuddering trees, Shook, and the leaves divided, and the air, Grew conscious of a God, and the grey seas, Crawled backward, and a long and dismal blare. I knew that thou would'st come, for when at first The dry wood burgeoned, and the sap of Spring Swelled in my green and tender bark or burst To myriad multitudinous blossoming Which mocked the midnight with its mimic moons That did not dread the dawn, and first the thrushes' rapturous tunes Startled the squirrel from its granary, And cuckoo flowers fringed the narrow lane, Through my young leaves a sensuous ecstasy Crept like new wine, and every mossy vein Throbbed with the fitful pulse of amorous blood, And the wild winds of passion shook my slim stem's maidenhood. Expand/Collapse Synopsis Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. I kept my love, I knew that thou wouldst come, Thou fairest flower of the flowerless foam. So with soft hands she laid the boy and girl In the great golden waggon tenderly, Her white throat whiter than a moony pearl Just threaded with a blue vein's tapestry Had not yet ceased to throb, and still her breast Swayed like a wind-stirred lily in ambiguous unrest. They who have never seen the daylight peer. O come Love come, Still we have time to reach the cavern of thine azure home.' Share Tweet Charmides and Other Poems. And darkness straightway stole across the deep. A collection of Nor failed they to obey her hest, and ere, With tiny fretful spear, or from its lair, The waking stag had leapt across the rill, And roused the ouzel, or the lizard crept. Excerpt. Share This. For as a gardener turning back his head To catch the last notes of the linnet, mows With careless scythe too near some flower bed, And cuts the thorny pillar of the rose, And with the flower's loosened loveliness Strews the brown mould, or as some shepherd lad in wantonness Driving his little flock along the mead Treads down two daffodils which side by side Have lured the lady-bird with yellow brede And made the gaudy moth forget its pride, Treads down their brimming golden chalices Under light feet which were not made for such rude ravages, Or as a schoolboy tired of his book Flings himself down upon the reedy grass And plucks two water-lilies from the brook, And for a time forgets the hour glass, Then wearies of their sweets, and goes his way, And lets the hot sun kill them, even so these lovers lay. Charmides. Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). Called him soft names, played with his tangled hair, And with hot lips made havoc of his mouth, Afraid he might not wake, and then afraid. Then turned he round his weary eyes and saw, And ever nigher still their faces came, And nigher ever did their young mouths draw Until they seemed one perfect rose of flame, And longing arms around her neck he cast, And felt her throbbing bosom, and his breath came hot and fast, And all his hoarded sweets were hers to kiss, And all her maidenhood was his to slay, And limb to limb in long and rapturous bliss Their passion waxed and waned,--O why essay To pipe again of love too venturous reed! I. H E was a Grecian lad, who coming home. Charmides, and Other Poems Oscar WILDE (1854 - 1900) This is a volume of poetry by Oscar Wilde, containing some of his rather famous longer poetry in the first part, and a section of sonnets in the second part of the book. Had spun its tangled web of crimson cloud, Clomb the high hill, and with swift silent feet, Of busy priests, and from some dark retreat, Watched the young swains his frolic playmates bring, The firstling of their little flock, and the shy shepherd fling, The crackling salt upon the flame, or hang, His studded crook against the temple wall. HE was a Grecian lad, who coming home With pulpy figs and wine from Sicily Stood at his galley's prow, and let the foam Blow through his crisp brown curls unconsciously, And holding wave and wind in boy's despite Peered from his dripping seat across the wet and stormy night Till with the dawn he saw a burnished spear Like a thin thread of gold against the sky, And hoisted sail, and strained the creaking gear, And bade the pilot head her lustily Against the nor'west gale, and all day long Held on his way, and marked the rowers' time with measured song, And when the faint Corinthian hills were red Dropped anchor in a little sandy bay, And with fresh boughs of olive crowned his head, And brushed from cheek and throat the hoary spray, And washed his limbs with oil, and from the hold Brought out his linen tunic and his sandals brazen-soled, And a rich robe stained with the fishes' juice Which of some swarthy trader he had bought Upon the sunny quay at Syracuse, And was with Tyrian broideries inwrought, And by the questioning merchants made his way Up through the soft and silver woods, and when the labouring day Had spun its tangled web of crimson cloud, Clomb the high hill, and with swift silent feet Crept to the fane unnoticed by the crowd Of busy priests, and from some dark retreat Watched the young swains his frolic playmates bring The firstling of their little flock, and the shy shepherd fling The crackling salt upon the flame, or hang His studded crook against the temple wall To Her who keeps away the ravenous fang Of the base wolf from homestead and from stall; And then the clear-voiced maidens 'gan to sing, And to the altar each man brought some goodly offering, A beechen cup brimming with milky foam, A fair cloth wrought with cunning imagery Of hounds in chase, a waxen honey-comb Dripping with oozy gold which scarce the bee Had ceased from building, a black skin of oil Meet for the wrestlers, a great boar the fierce and white-tusked spoil Stolen from Artemis that jealous maid To please Athena, and the dappled hide Of a tall stag who in some mountain glade Had met the shaft; and then the herald cried, And from the pillared precinct one by one Went the glad Greeks well pleased that they their simple vows had done. And like a flame a barbèd reed flew whizzing down the glade. Of oceans azure heavens where the mirrored planets are! And the old priest put out the waning fires Save that one lamp whose restless ruby glowed For ever in the cell, and the shrill lyres Came fainter on the wind, as down the road In joyous dance these country folk did pass, And with stout hands the warder closed the gates of polished brass. Pierced through and through his wild and whirling brain, And his nerves thrilled like throbbing violins, Was such sweet anguish that he never drew. Never I ween did lover hold such tryst, For all night long he murmured honeyed word, And saw her sweet unravished limbs, and kissed Her pale and argent body undisturbed, And paddled with the polished throat, and pressed His hot and beating heart upon her chill and icy breast. Till huge Poseidon shook his mighty spear. To the dull sailors sight her loosened locks, Seemed like the jagged storm-rack, and her feet. Enough, enough that Erôs laughed upon that flowerless mead. Oscar Wilde (Author) › Visit Amazon's Oscar Wilde Page. Grew silent, and the horses ceased to neigh. Paperback Book (Bog med blødt omslag og limet ryg). The panther feet of Dian never tread that secret glade. Oscar Wilde. And when at dawn the woodnymphs, hand-in-hand, Threaded the bosky dell, their satyr spied The boy's pale body stretched upon the sand, And feared Poseidon's treachery, and cried, And like bright sunbeams flitting through a glade, Each startled Dryad sought some safe and leafy ambuscade. She feared his lips upon her lips would never care to feed, Washes the trees with silver, and the wave. LibriVox recording of Charmides, and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde. And sought a little stream, which well he knew, For oftentimes with boyish careless shout. Oscar Wilde. Brought out his linen tunic and his sandals brazen-soled, And a rich robe stained with the fishes juice, Which of some swarthy trader he had bought. PAGE. And where the little flowers of her breast. And when they nearer came a third one cried, They live not long who on the gods immortal come to spy.. And tremulous opal-hued anemones Will wave their purple fringes where we tread Upon the mirrored floor, and argosies Of fishes flecked with tawny scales will thread The drifting cordage of the shattered wreck, And honey-coloured amber beads our twining limbs will deck.' Add to Cart Buy Now Add to Wishlist. I p.9; HE was a Grecian lad, who coming home With pulpy figs and wine from Sicily Stood at his galley's prow, and let the foam Blow through his crisp brown curls unconsciously, And holding wave and wind in boy's despite Peered from his … That self-fed flame, that passionate lustihead, Ere grisly death with chill and nipping frost, Had withered up those lilies white and red. Across the meadows laced with threaded dew. And then each pigeon spread its milky van. Sonnets: Helas! She bade her pigeons fold each straining plume. III. Or from the Lesbian waters plucked drowned Sapphos golden quill! Sport in ungainly play, and from his lair keen Xiphias leap. Blew from some tasselled horn, a sleuth-hound bayed. I knew that thou wouldst come, for when at first, The dry wood burgeoned, and the sap of Spring, Swelled in my green and tender bark or burst, Which mocked the midnight with its mimic moons, That did not dread the dawn, and first the thrushes rapturous tunes. The breasts of Pallas and the naked wonder of the Queen. And from his limbs he threw the cloak away. For young Endymions eyes, be not afraid. $0.99; $0.99; Publisher Description. And off his brow he tossed the clustering hair. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. And soon the shepherd in rough woollen cloak With his long crook undid the wattled cotes, And from the stack a thin blue wreath of smoke Curled through the air across the ripening oats, And on the hill the yellow house-dog bayed As through the crisp and rustling fern the heavy cattle strayed. So turned they back, and feared to look behind, And told the timid swain how they had seen Amid the reeds some woodland God reclined, And no man dared to cross the open green, And on that day no olive-tree was slain, Nor rushes cut, but all deserted was the fair domain. Read FREE! Are you an author? by Oscar Wilde. And turned, and looked, and fled no more from such delightful snare. And when he neared his old Athenian home. Charmides by Oscar Wilde Seller Ergodebooks Published 2010-09-10 Condition Good ISBN 9781162836232 Item Price $ 24.41. A Florentine Tragedy by Oscar Wilde Download Read more. Download OSCAR WILDE's Charmides and Other Poems for your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile And guilty lovers in their venery Forgat a little while their stolen sweets, Deeming they heard dread Dian's bitter cry; And the grim watchmen on their lofty seats Ran to their shields in haste precipitate, Or strained black-bearded throats across the dusky parapet. Rest on the burnished image, till mere sight. Too venturous poesy O why essay To pipe again of passion! And made the gaudy moth forget its pride, Treads down their brimming golden chalices. Then turned he round his weary eyes and saw, And nigher ever did their young mouths draw. Long time he lay and hardly dared to breathe, And heard the cadenced drip of spilt-out wine, And the rose-petals falling from the wreath As the night breezes wandered through the shrine, And seemed to be in some entrancèd swoon Till through the open roof above the full and brimming moon Flooded with sheeny waves the marble floor, When from his nook upleapt the venturous lad, And flinging wide the cedar-carven door Beheld an awful image saffron-clad And armed for battle! Ready for death he stood, but lo! When from his nook upleapt the venturous lad, And armed for battle! To catch the last notes of the linnet, mows. Description: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010-09-10. And yet to know is to be held in deaths most deadly thrall. For if my mistress find me lying here She will not ruth or gentle pity show, But lay her boar-spear down, and with austere Relentless fingers string the cornel bow, And draw the feathered notch against her breast, And loose the archèd cord, ay, even now upon the quest I hear her hurrying feet,--awake, awake, Thou laggard in love's battle! The drifting cordage of the shattered wreck, And honey-coloured amber beads our twining limbs will deck., But when that baffled Lord of War the Sun, Across the field of heaven, ah! The mullets swimming by the mast of some storm-foundered bark, Like flakes of crimson light, and the great deep, And we will see the painted dolphins sleep, Cradled by murmuring halcyons on the rocks. 76 pages. And yet I love him not, it was for thee I kept my love, I knew that thou would'st come To rid me of this pallid chastity; Thou fairest flower of the flowerless foam Of all the wide Ægean, brightest star Of ocean's azure heavens where the mirrored planets are! And raptures unenjoyed, and pleasures dead. He plucked the blossoms from the asphodel. On the faint wind floated the silky seeds. Athena strode across the stretch of sick and shivering sea! CANZONET 126. The Project Gutenberg eBook, Charmides and Other Poems, by Oscar Wilde This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere in the United States and most other parts of the world at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Save one white girl, who deemed it would not be So dread a thing to feel a sea-god's arms Crushing her breasts in amorous tyranny, And longed to listen to those subtle charms Insidious lovers weave when they would win Some fencèd fortress, and stole back again, nor thought it sin To yield her treasure unto one so fair, And lay beside him, thirsty with love's drouth, Called him soft names, played with his tangled hair, And with hot lips made havoc of his mouth Afraid he might not wake, and then afraid Lest he might wake too soon, fled back, and then, fond renegade, Returned to fresh assault, and all day long Sat at his side, and laughed at her new toy, And held his hand, and sang her sweetest song, Then frowned to see how froward was the boy Who would not with her maidenhood entwine, Nor knew that three days since his eyes had looked on Proserpine, Nor knew what sacrilege his lips had done, But said, 'He will awake, I know him well, He will awake at evening when the sun Hangs his red shield on Corinth's citadel, This sleep is but a cruel treachery To make me love him more, and in some cavern of the sea Deeper than ever falls the fisher's line Already a huge Triton blows his horn, And weaves a garland from the crystalline And drifting ocean-tendrils to adorn The emerald pillars of our bridal bed, For sphered in foaming silver, and with coral-crownèd head, We two will sit upon a throne of pearl, And a blue wave will be our canopy, And at our feet the water-snakes will curl In all their amethystine panoply Of diamonded mail, and we will mark The mullets swimming by the mast of some storm-foundered bark, Vermilion-finned with eyes of bossy gold Like flakes of crimson light, and the great deep His glassy-portaled chamber will unfold, And we will see the painted dolphins sleep Cradled by murmuring halcyons on the rocks Where Proteus in quaint suit of green pastures his monstrous flocks. 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