CELT document E850003-042

Rome Unvisited

Oscar Wilde



    1. I

  1. THE corn has turned from grey to red,
    Since first my spirit wandered forth
    From the drear cities of the north,
    And to Italia's mountains fled.
  2. And here I set my face towards home,
    For all my pilgrimage is done,
    Although, methinks, yon blood-red sun
    Marshals the way to Holy Rome.
  3. O Blessed Lady, who dost hold
    Upon the seven hills thy reign!
    O Mother without blot or stain,
    Crowned with bright crowns of triple gold!
  4.  p.72
  5. O Roma, Roma, at thy feet
    I lay this barren gift of song!
    For, ah! the way is steep and long
    That leads unto thy sacred street.
  6.  p.73

    2. II

  7. And yet what joy it were for me
    To turn my feet unto the south,
    And journeying towards the Tiber mouth
    To kneel again at Fiesole!
  8. And wandering through the tangled pines
    That break the gold of Arno's stream,
    To see the purple mist and gleam
    Of morning on the Apennines.
  9. By many a vineyard-hidden home,
    Orchard and olive-garden grey,
    Till from the drear Campagna's way
    The seven hills bear up the dome!
  10.  p.74

    3. III

  11. A PILGRIM from the northern seas—
    What joy for me to seek alone
    The wondrous Temple, and the throne
    Of him who holds the awful keys!
  12. When, bright with purple and with gold,
    Come priest and holy cardinal,
    And borne above the heads of all
    The gentle Shepherd of the Fold.
  13. O joy to see before I die
    The only God-anointed king,
    And hear the silver trumpets ring
    A triumph as he passes by!
  14.  p.75
  15. Or at the brazen-pillared shrine
    Holds high the mystic sacrifice,
    And shows his God to human eyes
    Beneath the veil of bread and wine.
  16.  p.76

    4. IV

  17. FOR lo, what changes time can bring!
    The cycles of revolving years
    May free my heart from all its fears,
    And teach my lips a song to sing.
  18. Before yon field of trembling gold
    Is garnered into dusty sheaves,
    Or ere the autumn's scarlet leaves
    Flutter as birds adown the wold,
  19. I may have run the glorious race,
    And caught the torch while yet aflame,
    And called upon the holy name
    Of Him who now doth hide His face.

  20. ARONA

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Title (uniform): Rome Unvisited

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Electronic edition compiled by: Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Funded by: University College, Cork

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Date: 1997

Date: 2008

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There is not as yet an authoritative edition of Wilde's works.

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Select editions

  1. The writings of Oscar Wilde (London; New York: A. R. Keller & Co. 1907) 15 vols.
  2. Robert Ross (ed), The First Collected Edition of the Works of Oscar Wilde (London: Methuen & Co. 1908). 15 vols. Reprinted Dawsons: Pall Mall 1969.
  3. Complete works of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow: HarperCollins, 1994).

Select bibliography

  1. 'Notes for a bibliography of Oscar Wilde', Books and book-plates (A quarterly for collectors) 5, no. 3 (April 1905), 170-183.
  2. Karl E. Beckson, The Oscar Wilde encyclopedia (New York: AMS Press 1998). AMS Studies in the nineteenth century 18.
  3. Richard Ellmann (ed), The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde (Chicago 1982).
  4. Richard Ellmann; John Espey, Oscar Wilde: two approaches: papers read at a Clark Library seminar, April 17, 1976 (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California 1977).
  5. Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress on March 1, 1983 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress 1984).
  6. Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Hamilton 1987).
  7. Juliet Gardiner, Oscar Wilde: a life in letters, writings and wit (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1995).
  8. Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde, including My memories of Oscar Wilde, by George Bernard Shaw and an introductory note by Lyle Blair (London: Robinson, 1992).
  9. Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), Selected letters of Oscar Wilde (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1979).
  10. Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), More letters of Oscar Wilde (London: Murray 1985).
  11. Vyvyan Beresford Holland, Oscar Wilde: a pictorial biography (London: Thames & Hudson 1960).
  12. H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Methuen 1977).
  13. Andrew McDonnell, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs and illustrations (A. McDonnell 1996). Limited edition of 170 copies.
  14. Stuart Mason, Bibliography of Oscar Wilde (London: E. G. Richards 1907). Also pubd. New York 1908, London 1914 in 2 vols. Repr. of 1914 edition: New York: Haskell House 1972.
  15. E. H. Mikhail, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography of criticism (London: Macmillan 1978). Also pubd. Totowa NJ: Rowman & Littlefield 1978.
  16. Thomas A. Mikolyzk, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press 1993). Bibliographies and indexes in world literature, 38.
  17. Norman Page, An Oscar Wilde chronology (London: Macmillan 1991).
  18. Hesketh Pearson, A Life of Oscar Wilde (London 1946).
  19. Richard Pine, The thief of reason: Oscar Wilde and modern Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1996).
  20. Horst Schroeder, Additions and corrections to Richard Ellmann's Oscar Wilde (Braunschweig: H. Schroeder 1989).

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Wilde, Oscar (1919). ‘Rome Unvisited’. In: Charmides and other poems‍. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., pp. 71–76.

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  author 	 = {Oscar Wilde},
  title 	 = {Rome Unvisited},
  booktitle 	 = {Charmides and other poems},
  address 	 = {London},
  publisher 	 = {Methuen \& Co. Ltd.},
  date 	 = {1919},
  pages 	 = {71–76}


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Creation: By Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).

Date: 1881

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Keywords: literary; poetry; 19c

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  1. 2010-09-09: Conversion script run; new wordcount made; new SGML and HTML files created. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  2. 2008-07-31: Keywords added; file validated. Minor changes made to header. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  3. 2005-08-25: Normalised language codes and edited langUsage for XML conversion (ed. Julianne Nyhan)
  4. 2005-08-04T14:27:02+0100: Converted to XML (conversion Peter Flynn)
  5. 1997-10-14: Text proofed; structural mark-up improved. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
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  7. 1997-10-: Text parsed using NSGMLS. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
  8. 1997: Text proofed; structural mark-up inserted. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)
  9. 1997: Text captured. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)

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