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Ballad of Reading Gaol

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Author: Oscar Wilde
Published: 1898
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.9
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 5,218
mnybks.net#: 7491
Genres: Poetry, Audiobook
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t sweet with nimble feet
To dance upon the air!

So with curious eyes and sick surmise
We watched him day by day,
And wondered if each one of us
Would end the self-same way,
For none can tell to what red Hell
His sightless soul may stray.

At last the dead man walked no more
Amongst the Trial Men,
And I knew that he was standing up
In the black dock's dreadful pen,
And that never would I see his face
In God's sweet world again.

Like two doomed ships that pass in storm
We had crossed each other's way:
But we made no sign, we said no word,
We had no word to say;
For we did not meet in the holy night,
But in the shameful day.

A prison wall was round us both,
Two outcast men were we:
The world had thrust us from its heart,
And God from out His care:
And the iron gin that waits for Sin
Had caught us in its snare.

In Debtors' Yard the stones are hard,
And the dripping wall is hi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2008.09.24
parky
*****

Fantastic poem of a prisoner thinking about a condemmned man being executed by hanging. Best poem I have read by Oscar Wilde. It is not that long and really gives you the feel of being in prison and watching an execution.


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