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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Phédre
By Oscar Wilde
 
TO SARAH BERNHARDT

HOW vain and dull this common world must seem
  To such a One as thou, who should’st have talked
  At Florence with Mirandola, or walked
Through the cool olives of the Academe;
Thou should’st have gathered reeds from a green stream        5
  For Goat-foot Pan’s shrill piping, and have played
  With the white girls in that Phæacian glade
Where grave Odysseus wakened from his dream.
Ah! surely once some urn of Attic clay
  Held thy wan dust, and thou hast come again        10
  Back to this common world so dull and vain,
For thou wert weary of the sunless day,
  The heavy fields of scentless asphodel,
  The loveless lips with which men kiss in Hell.
 
 
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