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Oscar Wilde – La casa dei melograni – Lettura di Cristiana Melli – MP3

Copertina (formato MP3)
Prefazione (formato MP3)
L’Adolescente Re (formato MP3)
Il Genetliaco dell’Infanta (formato MP3)
Il Pescatore e la sua Anima (formato MP3)
L’Astrofanciullo (formato MP3)
L’Usignuolo e la Rosa (formato MP3)
Il Maestro della Sapienza (formato MP3)


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Rubén Darío – Al Rey Óscar

Así, sire, en el aire de la Francia nos llega
la paloma de plata de Suecia y de Noruega,
que trae en vez de olivo una rosa de fuego.

Un búcaro latino, un noble vaso griego
recibirá el regalo del país de la nieve.
Que a los reinos boreales el patrio viento lleve
otra rosa de sangre y de luz españolas;
pues sobre la sublime hermandad de las olas,
al brotar tu palabra, un saludo le envía
al sol de media noche el sol de Mediodía.

Si Segismundo siente pesar, Hamlet se inquieta.
El Norte ama las palmas; y se junta el poeta
del fiord con el del carmen, porque el mismo oriflama
es de azur. Su divina cornucopia derrama
sobre el polo y el trópico la Paz; y el orbe gira
en un ritmo uniforme por una propia lira:
el Amor. Allá surge Sigurd que al Cid se aúna,
cerca de Dulcinea brilla el rayo de luna,
y la musa de Bécquer del ensueño es esclava
bajo un celeste palio de luz escandinava.

Sire de ojos azules, gracias: por los laureles
de cien bravos vestidos de honor; por los claveles
de la tierra andaluza y la Alhambra del moro;
por la sangre solar de una raza de oro;
por la arrnadura antigua y el yelmo de la gesta;
por las lanzas que fueron una vasta floresta
de gloria y que pasaron Pirineos y Andes;
por Lepanto y Otumba; por el Perú, por Flandes;
por Isabel que cree, por Cristóbal que sueña
y Velázquez que pinta y Cortés que domeña;
por el país sagrado en que Herakles afianza
sus macizas columnas de fuerza y esperanza,
mientras Pan trae el ritmo con la egregia siringa
que no hay trueno que apague ni tempestad que extinga;
por el león simbólico y la Cruz, gracias, sire.

¡Mientras el mundo aliente, mientras la esfera gire,
mientras la onda cordial aliente un ensueño,
mientras haya una viva pasión, un noble empeño,
un buscado imposible, una imposible hazaña,
una América oculta que hallar, vivirá España!

¡Y pues tras la tormenta vienes de peregrino
real, a la morada que entristeció el destino,
la morada que viste luto su puerta abra
al púrpureo y ardiente vibrar de tu palabra:
y que sonría, oh rey Óscar, por un instante;
y tiemble en la flor áurea el más puro brillante
para quien sobre brillos de corona y de nombre,
con labios de monarca lanza un grito de hombre!

Oscar Wilde – The New Remorse

The sin was mine; I did not understand.
So now is music prisoned in her cave,
Save where some ebbing desultory wave
Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand.
And in the withered hollow of this land
Hath Summer dug herself so deep a grave,
That hardly can the leaden willow crave
One silver blossom from keen Winter’s hand.

But who is this who cometh by the shore?
(Nay, love, look up and wonder!) Who is this
Who cometh in dyed garments from the South?
It is thy new-found Lord, and he shall kiss
The yet unravished roses of thy mouth,
And I shall weep and worship, as before.


These are the letters which Endymion wrote
To one he loved in secret, and apart.
And now the brawlers of the auction mart
Bargain and bid for each poor blotted note,
Ay! for each separate pulse of passion quote
The merchant’s price. I think they love not art
Who break the crystal of a poet’s heart
That small and sickly eyes may glare and gloat.

Is it not said that many years ago,
In a far Eastern town, some soldiers ran
With torches through the midnight, and began
To wrangle for mean raiment, and to throw
Dice for the garments of a wretched man,
Not knowing the God’s wonder, or His woe?

Oscar Wilde – At Verona

How steep the stairs within King’s houses are
For exile-wearied feet as mine to tread,
And O how salt and bitter is the bread
Which falls from this Hound’s table, – better far
That I had died in the red ways of war,
Or that the gate of Florence bare my head,
Than to live thus, by all things comraded
Which seek the essence of my soul to mar.

‘Curse God and die: what better hope than this?
He hath forgotten thee in all the bliss
Of his gold city, and eternal day’ –
Nay peace: behind my prison’s blinded bars
I do possess what none can take away,
My love and all the glory of the stars.


ROME! what a scroll of History thine has been;
In the first days thy sword republican
Ruled the whole world for many an age’s span:
Then of the peoples wert thou royal Queen,
Till in thy streets the bearded Goth was seen;
And now upon thy walls the breezes fan
(Ah, city crowned by God, discrowned by man!)
The hated flag of red and white and green.
When was thy glory! when in search for power
Thine eagles flew to greet the double sun,
And the wild nations shuddered at thy rod?
Nay, but thy glory tarried for this hour,
When pilgrims kneel before the Holy One,
The prisoned shepherd of the Church of God.

Oscar Wilde – Holy Week at Genoa

I WANDERED through Scoglietto’s far retreat,
The oranges on each o’erhanging spray
Burned as bright lamps of gold to shame the day;
Some startled bird with fluttering wings and fleet
Made snow of all the blossoms; at my feet
Like silver moons the pale narcissi lay:
And the curved waves that streaked the great green bay
Laughed i’ the sun, and life seemed very sweet.
Outside the young boy-priest passed singing clear,
‘Jesus the son of Mary has been slain,
O come and fill His sepulchre with flowers.’
Ah, God! Ah, God! those dear Hellenic hours
Had drowned all memory of Thy bitter pain,
The Cross, the Crown, the Soldiers and the Spear.


CHRIST, dost Thou live indeed? or are Thy bones
Still straitened in their rock-hewn sepulchre?
And was Thy Rising only dreamed by her
Whose love of Thee for all her sin atones?
For here the air is horrid with men’s groans,
The priests who call upon Thy name are slain,
Dost Thou not hear the bitter wail of pain
From those whose children lie upon the stones?
Come down, O Son of God! incestuous gloom
Curtains the land, and through the starless night
Over Thy Cross a Crescent moon I see!
If Thou in very truth didst burst the tomb
Come down, O Son of Man! and show Thy might
Lest Mahomet be crowned instead of Thee!

Oscar Wilde – To Milton

MILTON! I think thy spirit hath passed away
From these white cliffs and high-embattled towers;
This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours
Seems fallen into ashes dull and grey,
And the age changed unto a mimic play
Wherein we waste our else too-crowded hours:
For all our pomp and pageantry and powers
We are but fit to delve the common clay,
Seeing this little isle on which we stand,
This England, this sea-lion of the sea,
By ignorant demagogues is held in fee,
Who love her not: Dear God! is this the land
Which bare a triple empire in her hand
When Cromwell spake the word Democracy!

Oscar Wilde – Hélas

TO drift with every passion till my soul
Is a stringed lute on which can winds can play,
Is it for this that I have given away
Mine ancient wisdom and austere control?
Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
With idle songs for pipe and virelay,
Which do but mar the secret of the whole.
Surely there was a time I might have trod
The sunlit heights, and from life’s dissonance
Struck one clear chord to reach the ears of God:
Is that time dead? lo! with a little rod
I did but touch the honey of romance—
And must I lose a soul’s inheritance?