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The New Helen
Author: Oscar Wilde
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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 (ed), The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde (Chicago 1982).
- 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, 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an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs and illustrations (A. McDonnell 1996).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 The New Helen in The Works of Oscar Wilde. , London, Galley Press (1987) page 717719
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Created: By Oscar Wilde (18541900).
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The New Helen: Author: Oscar Wilde
- 1] Where hast thou been since round the walls of Troy
2] The sons of God fought in that great emprise?
3] Why dost thou walk our common earth again?
4] Hast thou forgotten that impassioned boy,
5] His purple galley, and his Tyrian men,
6] And treacherous Aphrodite's mocking eyes?
7] For surely it was thou, who, like a star
8] Hung in the silver silence of the night,
9] Didst lure the Old World's chivalry and might
10] Into the clamorous crimson waves of war!
- 11] Or didst thou rule the fire-laden moon?
12] In amorous Sidon was thy temple built
13] Over the light and laughter of the sea?
14] Where, behind lattice scarlet-wrought and gilt,
15] Some brown-limbed girl did weave thee tapestry
16] All through the waste and wearied hours of noon;
17] Till her wan cheek with flame of passion burned,
18] And she rose up the sea-washed lips to kiss
19] Of some glad Cyprian sailor, safe returned
20] From Calpé and the cliffs of Herakles!
- 21] No! thou art Helen, and none other one!
22] It was for thee that young Sarpedôn died,
23] And Memnôn's manhood was untimely spent;
24] It was for thee gold-crested Hector tried
25] With Thetis' child that evil race to run,
26] In the last year of thy beleaguerment;
27] Ay! even now the glory of thy fame
28] Burns in those fields of trampled asphodel,
29] Where the high lords whom Ilion knew so well
30] Clash ghostly shields, and call upon thy name.
- 31] Where hast thou been? in that enchanted land
32] Whose slumbering vales forlorn Calypso knew,
33] Where never mower rose to greet the day
34] But all unswathed the trammelling grasses grew,
35] And the sad shepherd saw the tall corn stand
36] Till summer's red had changed to withered grey?
37] Didst thou lie there by some Lethæan stream
38] Deep brooding on thine ancient memory,
39] The crash of broken spears, the fiery gleam
40] From shivered helm, the Grecian battle-cry?
- 41] Nay, thou wert hidden in that hollow hill
42] With one who is forgotten utterly,
43] That discrowned Queen men call the Erycine;
44] Hidden away that never mightst thou see
45] The face of Her, before whose mouldering shrine
46] To-day at Rome the silent nations kneel;
47] Who gat from Love no joyous gladdening,
48] But only Love's intolerable pain,
49] Only a sword to pierce her heart in twain,
50] Only the bitterness of child-bearing.
- 51] The lotus-leaves which heal the wounds of Death
52] Lie in thy hand; O, be thou kind to me,
53] While yet I know the summer of my days;
54] For hardly can my tremulous lips draw breath
55] To fill the silver trumpet with thy praise,
56] So bowed am I before thy mystery;
57] So bowed and broken on Love's terrible wheel,
58] That I have lost all hope and heart to sing,
59] Yet care I not what ruin time may bring
60] If in thy temple thou wilt let me kneel.
- 61] Alas, alas, thou wilt not tarry here,
62] But, like that bird, the servant of the sun,
63] Who flies before the northwind and the night,
64] So wilt thou fly our evil land and drear,
65] Back to the tower of thine old delight,
66] And the red lips of young Euphorion;
67] Nor shall I ever see thy face again,
68] But in this poisonous garden must I stay,
69] Crowning my brows with the thorn-crown of pain,
70] Till all my loveless life shall pass away.
- 71] O Helen! Helen! Helen! yet a while,
72] Yet for a little while, O, tarry here,
73] Till the dawn cometh and the shadows flee!
74] For in the gladsome sunlight of thy smile
75] Of heaven or hell I have no thought or fear,
76] Seeing I know no other god but thee:
77] No other god save him, before whose feet
78] In nets of gold the tired planets move,
79] The incarnate spirit of spiritual love
80] Who in thy body holds his joyous seat.
- 81] Thou wert not born as common women are!
82] But, girt with silver splendour of the foam,
83] Didst from the depths of sapphire seas arise!
84] And at thy coming some immortal star,
85] Bearded with flame, blazed in the Eastern skies,
86] And waked the shepherds on thine island-home.
87] Thou shalt not die: no asps of Egypt creep
88] Close at thy heels to taint the delicate air;
89] No sullen-blooming poppies stain thy hair,
90] Those scarlet heralds of eternal sleep.
- 91] Lily of love, pure and inviolate!
92] Tower of ivory! red rose of fire!
93] Thou hast come down our darkness to illume:
94] For we, close-caught in the wide nets of Fate,
95] Wearied with waiting for the World's Desire,
96] Aimlessly wandered in the house of gloom,
97] Aimlessly sought some slumberous anodyne
98] For wasted lives, for lingering wretchedness,
99] Till we beheld thy re-arisen shrine,
100] And the white glory of thy loveliness.