A Fragment

Beautiful star with the crimson lips
And flagrant daffodil hair,
Come back, come back, in the shaking ships
O"er the much-overrated sea,
To the hearts that are sick for thee
With a woe worse than mal de mer-
O beautiful stars with the crimson lips
And the flagrant daffodil hair.
O ship that shakes on the desolate sea,
Neath the flag of the wan White Star,
Thou bringest a brighter star with thee
From the land of the Philistine,
Where Niagara"s reckoned fine
And Tupper is popular-
O ship that shakes on the desolate sea,
Neath the flag of the wan White Star.
-Oscar Wilde, (1854-1900)
"A Fragment" published in Kottabos Volume 3 (1877)

from Project Gutenberg (public domain)


Oscar Wilde's other miscellaneous poems, 1881:

Impressions
An Inscription
A Lament
Le Jardin des Tuileries
Lotus Leaves
The New Remorse
On the Sale of Keats’ Love Letters
The True Knowledge
Under the Balcony
Wasted Days

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