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Silentium Amoris (Author: Oscar Wilde)


  1. 1] As often-times the too resplendent sun
    2] Hurries the pallid and reluctant moon
    3] Back to her sombre cave, ere she hath won
    4] A single ballad from the nightingale,
    5] So doth thy Beauty make my lips to fail,
    6] And all my sweetest singing out of tune.
  2. 7] And as at dawn across the level mead
    8] On wings impetuous some wind will come,
    9] And with its too harsh kisses break the reed
    10] Which was its only instrument of song,
    11] So my too stormy passions work me wrong,
    12] And for excess of Love my Love is dumb.
  3. 13] But surely unto Thee mine eyes did show
    14] Why I am silent, and my lute unstrung;
    15] Else it were better we should part, and go,
    16] Thou to some lips of sweeter melody,
    17] And I to nurse the barren memory
    18] Of unkissed kisses, and songs never sung.