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Hélas! (Author: Oscar Wilde)
- 1] TO drift with every passion till my soul
2] Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play,
3] Is it for this that I have given away
4] Mine ancient wisdom, and austere control?
5] Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
6] Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
7] With idle songs for pipe and virelay,
8] Which do but mar the secret of the whole.
- 9] Surely there was a time I might have trod
10] The sunlit heights, and from life's dissonance
11] Struck one clear chord to reach the ears of God:
12] Is that time dead? lo! with a little rod
13] I did but touch the honey of romance
14] And must I lose a soul's inheritance?