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

48. Phêdre

HOW vain and dull this common world must seem 
  To such a One as thou, who should’st have talked 
  At Florence with Mirandola, or walked 
Through the cool olives of the Academe: 
Thou should’st have gathered reeds from a green stream         5
  For Goat-foot Pan’s shrill piping, and have played 
  With the white girls in that Phæacian glade 
Where grave Odysseus wakened from his dream. 
Ah! surely once some urn of Attic clay 
  Held thy wan dust, and thou hast come again  10
  Back to this common world so dull and vain, 
For thou wert weary of the sunless day, 
  The heavy fields of scentless asphodel, 
  The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell. 



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