Mar 19 2005

Silentium Amoris (The Silence of Love)

Published by at 2:49 am under Oscar Wilde Love Poems

Silentium Amoris (The Silence of Love)

Oscar Wilde

As oftentimes the too resplendent sun
   Hurries the pallid and reluctant moon
Back to her sombre cave, ere she hath won
   A single ballad from the nightingale,
So doth thy Beauty make my lips to fail,
   And all my sweetest singing out of tune.

And as at dawn across the level mead
   On wings impetuous some wind will come,
And with its too harsh kisses break the reed
   Which was its only instrument of song,
So my too stormy passions work me wrong,
   And for excess of Love my Love is dumb.

But surely unto Thee mine eyes did show
   Why I am silent, and my lute unstrung;
Else it were better we should part, and go,
   Thou to some lips of sweeter melody,
And I to nurse the barren memory
   Of unkissed kisses, and songs never sung.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Silentium Amoris (The Silence of Love)”

  1. Gueston 17 May 2006 at 3:12 pm

    i can write better than that

  2. Crystalon 14 May 2007 at 2:39 am

    You\’re full of it. This man was a genius. Judging by your fantastic argument, with examples to back it up, naturally, I\’m SO sure you can write better than Wilde. That\’s why you\’re so rich and famous, right? You simply lack the capacity to appreciate and understand something of such beauty and grandeur.

  3. nonyabizon 20 Mar 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Wow beautiful literature, he must\\\’ve been a genius, in the poem it sounds like he\\\’s breaking up with a girl, but he makes it sound so beautiful!

  4. Ginaon 13 Dec 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Somebody sure knows their oscar wilde.

  5. Laurenon 25 Aug 2010 at 4:54 am

    This is such a Beautiful poem, I have it written in my diary

  6. SALAHADDINon 04 Jan 2011 at 2:55 pm


  7. Yanaon 01 Feb 2011 at 12:20 am

    Oh wow. :love: . this is defiantly heart touching… and Guest who said that they can write better than that… in your opinion maybe.. but ONLY in your head. This man was an amazing man and in love him to death for it. This is the man i adore from day to day. Unless you are him… you can not write better than that.. :p

  8. KKon 23 Feb 2011 at 6:56 am

    While arriving at the USA immigration desk, the officer asked Ocar Wild: Do you have anything to declare? Only my intelligence, he replied!

    Beutiful eh?? What a genius he was!

  9. annon 10 Mar 2011 at 7:45 am

    Wilde was a homosexual and improisoned for it and wrote his famous poem, Ballad of Reading Jail– he was indeed brilliant and not only his poetry but his essays today are still regarded invaluable

  10. Gerion 02 Jun 2012 at 3:11 pm

    To Ann,

    Wilde was bisexual, not “a homosexual.” He was charged and found guilty of “acts of gross indecency with other male persons” at a time in British history when homosexual acts between men were illegal. And he was sentenced to prison with hard labour for two years.

    Wilde’s boyfriend, Lord Alfred Douglas, was also bisexual and avoided imprisonment. He eventually married a poet called Olive Custance who was bisexual as well.

    The poem above is one of a number Wilde wrote about his first love: Florence Balcombe, who rejected his proposal of marriage and married his friend Bram Stoker instead. He was devastated by this.

  11. kcon 02 Dec 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “So my too stormy passions work me wrong,
       And for excess of Love my Love is dumb.”

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply