xml/lby.00020.xml Icons of Liberty: "Sonnet to Liberty"

Oscar Wilde , "Sonnet to Liberty" (1881)

Transcribed from page 50 of the 1907 A.R. Keller edition of The Writings of Oscar Wilde: Poems.


  • Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyes
  • See nothing save their own unlovely woe,
  • Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know,—
  • But that the roar of thy Democracies,
  • Thy reigns of Terror, thy great Anarchies,
  • Mirror my wildest passions like the sea,-
  • And give my rage a brother——! Liberty!
  • For his sake only do thy dissonant cries
  • Delight my discreet soul, else might all kings
  • By bloody knout or treacherous cannonades
  • Rob nations of their rights inviolate
  • And I remain unmoved—and yet, and yet,
  • These Christs that die upon the barricades,
  • God knows it I am with them, in some things.

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