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Author: Oscar Wilde
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Extent of text: 1940 words
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There is not as yet an authoritative edition of Wilde's works.
- The writings of Oscar Wilde (London; New York: A. R. Keller & Co. 1907) 15 vols.
- Robert Ross (ed), The First Collected Edition of the Works of Oscar Wilde (London: Methuen & Co. 1908). 15 vols. Reprinted Dawsons: Pall Mall 1969.
- Complete works of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow: HarperCollins, 1994).
- 'Notes for a bibliography of Oscar Wilde', Books and book-plates (A quarterly for collectors) 5, no. 3 (April 1905), 170-183.
- Karl E. Beckson, The Oscar Wilde encyclopedia (New York: AMS Press 1998). AMS Studies in the nineteenth century 18.
- 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).
- Richard Ellmann (ed), The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde (Chicago 1982).
- Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress on March 1, 1983 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress 1984).
- Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Hamilton 1987).
- Juliet Gardiner, Oscar Wilde: a life in letters, writings and wit (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1995).
- Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde, including My memories of Oscar Wilde, by George Bernard Shaw and an introductory note by Lyle Blair (London: Robinson, 1992).
- Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), Selected letters of Oscar Wilde (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1979).
- Rupert Hart-Davis (ed), More letters of Oscar Wilde (London: Murray 1985).
- Vyvyan Beresford Holland, Oscar Wilde: a pictorial biography (London: Thames & Hudson 1960).
- H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Methuen 1977).
- 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an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs and illustrations (A. McDonnell 1996).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.
- 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.
- E. H. Mikhail, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography of criticism (London: Macmillan 1978). Also pubd. Totowa NJ: Rowman & Littlefield 1978.
- Thomas A. Mikolyzk, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press 1993). Bibliographies and indexes in world literature, 38.
- Norman Page, An Oscar Wilde chronology (London: Macmillan 1991).
- Hesketh Pearson, A Life of Oscar Wilde (London 1946).
- Richard Pine, The thief of reason: Oscar Wilde and modern Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1996).
- Horst Schroeder, Additions and corrections to Richard Ellmann's Oscar Wilde (Braunschweig: H. Schroeder 1989).
The edition used in the digital edition
- Oscar Wilde Ave Imperatrix in The Works of Oscar Wilde. , London, Galley Press (1987) page 694697
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Created: By Oscar Wilde (18541900).
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Ave Imperatrix: Author: Oscar Wilde
- 1] Set in this stormy Northern sea,
2] Queen of these restless fields of tide,
3] England! what shall men say of thee,
4] Before whose feet the worlds divide?
- 5] The earth, a brittle globe of glass,
6] Lies in the hollow of thy hand,
7] And through its heart of crystal pass,
8] Like shadows through a twilight land,
- 9] The spears of crimson-suited war,
10] The long white-crested waves of fight,
11] And all the deadly fires which are
12] The torches of the lords of Night.
- 13] The yellow leopards, strained and lean,
14] The treacherous Russian knows so well,
15] With gaping blackened jaws are seen
16] Leap through the hail of screaming shell.
- 17] The strong sea-lion of England's wars
18] Hath left his sapphire cave of sea,
19] To battle with the storm that mars
20] The star of England's chivalry.
- 21] The brazen-throated clarion blows
22] Across the Pathan's reedy fen,
23] And the high steeps of Indian snows
24] Shake to the tread of armèd men.
- 25] And many an Afghan chief, who lies
26] Beneath his cool pomegranate-trees,
27] Clutches his sword in fierce surmise
28] When on the mountain-side he sees
- 29] The fleet-foot Marri scout, who comes
30] To tell how he hath heard afar
31] The measured roll of English drums
32] Beat at the gates of Kandahar.
- 33] For southern wind and east wind meet
34] Where, girt and crowned by sword and fire,
35] England with bare and bloody feet
36] Climbs the steep road of wide empire.
- 37] O lonely Himalayan height,
38] Grey pillar of the Indian sky,
39] Where saw'st thou last in clanging fight
40] Our wingèd dogs of Victory?
- 41] The almond groves of Samarcand,
42] Bokhara, where red lilies blow,
43] And Oxus, by whose yellow sand
44] The grave white-turbaned merchants go:
- 45] And on from thence to Ispahan,
46] The gilded garden of the sun,
47] Whence the long dusty caravan
48] Brings cedar and vermilion;
- 49] And that dread city of Cabool
50] Set at the mountain's scarpèd feet,
51] Whose marble tanks are ever full
52] With water for the noonday heat:
- 53] Where through the narrow straight Bazaar
54] A little maid Circassian
55] Is led, a present from the Czar
56] Unto some old and bearded khan,
- 57] Here have our wild war-eagles flown,
58] And flapped wide wings in fiery fight;
59] But the sad dove, that sits alone
60] In Englandshe hath no delight.
- 61] In vain the laughing girl will lean
62] To greet her love with love-lit eyes:
63] Down in some treacherous black ravine,
64] Clutching his flag, the dead boy lies.
- 65] And many a moon and sun will see
66] The lingering wistful children wait
67] To climb upon their father's knee;
68] And in each house made desolate
- 69] Pale women who have lost their lord
70] Will kiss the relics of the slain
71] Some tarnished epaulettesome sword
72] Poor toys to soothe such anguished pain.
- 73] For not in quiet English fields
74] Are these, our brothers, lain to rest,
75] Where we might deck their broken shields
76] With all the flowers the dead love best.
- 77] For some are by the Delhi walls,
78] And many in the Afghan land,
79] And many where the Ganges falls
80] Through seven mouths of shifting sand.
- 81] And some in Russian waters lie,
82] And others in the seas which are
83] The portals to the East, or by
84] The wind-swept heights of Trafalgar.
- 85] O wandering graves! O restless sleep!
86] O silence of the sunless day!
87] O still ravine! O stormy deep!
88] Give up your prey! Give up your prey!
- 89] And thou whose wounds are never healed,
90] Whose weary race is never won,
91] O Cromwell's England! must thou yield
92] For every inch of ground a son?
- 93] Go! crown with thorns thy gold-crowned head,
94] Change thy glad song to song of pain;
95] Wind and wild wave have got thy dead,
96] And will not yield them back again.
- 97] Wave and wild wind and foreign shore
98] Possess the flower of English land
99] Lips that thy lips shall kiss no more,
100] Hands that shall never clasp thy hand.
- 101] What profit now that we have bound
102] The whole round world with nets of gold,
103] If hidden in our heart is found
104] The care that groweth never old?
- 105] What profit that our galleys ride,
106] Pine-forest-like, on every main?
107] Ruin and wreck are at our side,
108] Grim warders of the House of Pain.
- 109] Where are the brave, the strong, the fleet?
110] Where is our English chivalry?
111] Wild grasses are their burial-sheet,
112] And sobbing waves their threnody.
- 113] O loved ones lying far away,
114] What word of love can dead lips send!
115] O wasted dust! O senseless clay!
116] Is this the end! is this the end!
- 117] Peace, peace! we wrong the noble dead
118] To vex their solemn slumber so;
119] Though childless, and with thorn-crowned head,
120] Up the steep road must England go
- 121] Yet when this fiery web is spun,
122] Her watchmen shall descry from far
123] The young Republic like a sun
124] Rise from these crimson seas of war.