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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

14. Ave Maria plena Gratia


WAS this His coming! I had hoped to see 
  A scene of wondrous glory, as was told 
  Of some great God who in a rain of gold 
Broke open bars and fell on Danae: 
Or a dread vision as when Semele         5
  Sickening for love and unappeased desire 
  Prayed to see God’s clear body, and the fire 
Caught her white limbs and slew her utterly: 
With such glad dreams I sought this holy place, 
  And now with wondering eyes and heart I stand  10
  Before this supreme mystery of Love: 
A kneeling girl with passionless pale face, 
  An angel with a lily in his hand, 
  And over both with outstretched wings the Dove.

FLORENCE.
 


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