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by Oscar Wilde

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > Oscar Wilde > On the Recent Sale by Auction of Keat's Love-Letters On the Recent Sale by Auction of Keat's Love-Letters
Oscar Wilde
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Libertatis Sacra Fames
by Oscar Wilde

Albeit nurtured in democracy,
And liking best that state republican
Where every man is kinglike and no man
Is crowned above his fellows, yet I see,
Spite of this modern fret for Liberty,
Better the rule of One, whom all obey,
Than to let clamorous demagogues betray
Our freedom with the kiss of Anarchy
Wherefore I love them not whose hands profane
Plant the red flag upon the piled-up street
For no right cause, beneath whose ignorant reign
Arts, Culture, Reverence, Honour, all things fade,
Save Treason and the dagger of her trade,
Or Murder with his silent bloody feet.

 

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