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Poem by Oscar Wilde


Requiescat


TREAD lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with rust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

Lily-like, white as snow,
She hardly knew
She was a woman, so
Sweetly she grew.

Coffin-board, heavy stone,
Lie on her breast,
I vex my heart alone
She is at rest.

Peace, Peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life's buried here,
Heap earth upon it.



Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde's other poems:
  1. Fabien Dei Franchi
  2. Amor Intellectualis
  3. Sonnet on Hearing the Dies Irae Sung in the Sistine Chapel
  4. Salve Saturnia Tellus
  5. Double Villanelle


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Requiescat ("Fair is her cottage in its place")
  • Matthew Arnold Requiescat ("Strew on her roses, roses")

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