Rosa Mystica

Author: Oscar Wilde  | Date: 1881



A pilgrim from the northern seas-

What joy for me to seek alone

The wondrous Temple, and the throne

Of Him who holds the awful keys!

When, bright with purple and with gold,

Come priest and holy Cardinal,

And borne above the heads of all

The gentle Shepherd of the Fold.

O joy to see before I die

The only God-anointed King,

And hear the silver trumpets ring

A triumph as He passes by.

Or at the altar of the shrine

Holds high the mystic sacrifice,

And shows a God to human eyes

Beneath the veil of bread and wine.


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Chicago: Oscar Wilde, "Rome Unvisited," Rosa Mystica Original Sources, accessed December 8, 2023,

MLA: Wilde, Oscar. "Rome Unvisited." Rosa Mystica, Original Sources. 8 Dec. 2023.

Harvard: Wilde, O, 'Rome Unvisited' in Rosa Mystica. Original Sources, retrieved 8 December 2023, from