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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

11. Requiescat


TREAD lightly, she is near 
  Under the snow, 
Speak gently, she can hear 
  The daisies grow. 
  
All her bright golden hair         5
  Tarnished with rust, 
She that was young and fair 
  Fallen to dust. 
  
Lily-like, white as snow, 
  She hardly knew  10
She was a woman, so 
  Sweetly she grew. 
  
Coffin-board, heavy stone, 
  Lie on her breast, 
I vex my heart alone  15
  She is at rest. 
  
Peace, Peace, she cannot hear 
  Lyre or sonnet, 
All my life’s buried here, 
  Heap earth upon it.

AVIGNON.
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