CELT document E850003-064

Ballade de Marguerite

Oscar Wilde

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  1. I am weary of lying within the chase
    When the knights are meeting in market-place.
  2. Nay, go not thou to the red-roofed town
    Lest the hooves of the war-horse tread thee down.
  3. But I would not go where the Squires ride,
    I would only walk by my Lady's side.
  4. Alack! and alack! thou art overbold,
    A Forester's son may not eat off gold.
  5. Will she love me the less that my Father is seen,
    Each Martinmas day in a doublet green?
  6. Perchance she is sewing at tapestrie,
    Spindle and loom are not meet for thee.
  7. Ah, if she is working the arras bright
    I might ravel the threads by the fire-light.
  8. Perchance she is hunting of the deer,
    How could you follow o'er hill and mere?
  9. Ah, if she is riding with the court,
    I might run beside her and wind the morte.
  10. Perchance she is kneeling in St. Denys,
    (On her soul may our Lady have gramercy!)
  11. Ah, if she is praying in lone chapelle,
    I might swing the censer and ring the bell.
  12. Come in my son, for you look sae pale,
    The father shall fill thee a stoup of ale.
  13. But who are these knights in bright array?
    Is it a pageant the rich folks play?
  14. 'Tis the King of England from over sea,
    Who has come unto visit our fair countrie.
  15.  p.759
  16. But why does the curfew toll sae low
    And why do the mourners walk a-row?
  17. O 'tis Hugh of Amiens my sister's son
    Who is lying stark, for his day is done.
  18. Nay, nay, for I see white lilies clear,
    It is no strong man who lies on the bier.
  19. O 't is old Dame Jeannette that kept the hall,
    I knew she would die at the autumn fall.
  20. Dame Jeannette had not that gold-brown hair,
    Old Jeannette was not a maiden fair.
  21. O 't is none of our kith and none of our kin,
    (Her soul may our Lady assoil from sin!)
  22. But I hear the boy's voice chaunting sweet,
    Elle est morte, la Marguerite.”
  23. Come in my son and lie on the bed,
    And let the dead folk bury their dead.
  24. O mother, you know I loved her true:
    O mother, hath one grave room for two?

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Title (uniform): Ballade de Marguerite

Title (extended): (Normande)

Author: Oscar Wilde

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compiled and proof-read by: Margaret Lantry

Funded by: University College, Cork

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2. Second draft.

Extent: 1130 words

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Date: 1997

Date: 2011

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CELT document ID: E850003-064

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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).

The edition used in the digital edition.

Wilde, Oscar (1987). ‘Ballade de Marguerite’. In: The Works of Oscar Wilde‍. London: Galley Press, pp. 758–759.

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  author 	 = {Oscar Wilde},
  title 	 = {Ballade de Marguerite},
  booktitle 	 = {The Works of Oscar Wilde},
  address 	 = {London},
  publisher 	 = {Galley Press},
  date 	 = {1987},
  pages 	 = {758-759}


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Creation: By Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).

Date: 1881

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  • The text is in English. (en)
  • Title of poem and a line in French. (fr)

Keywords: literary; poetry; 19c

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  1. 2011-01-31: Conversion script run; header updated; new wordcount made. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  2. 2008-09-30: Keywords added. (ed. Ruth Murphy)
  3. 2005-08-25: Normalised language codes and edited langUsage for XML conversion (ed. Julianne Nyhan)
  4. 2005-08-04T14:27:57+0100: Converted to XML (conversion Peter Flynn)
  5. 1997-10-23: Text parsed using SGMLS. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
  6. 1997-10-21: Text proofed; structural mark-up inserted. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
  7. 1997-10-15: Header created. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
  8. 1997: Text captured. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)

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