Charmides and Other Poems

Author: Oscar Wilde

Urbs Sacra Aeterna

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.


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Chicago: Oscar Wilde, "Urbs Sacra Aeterna," Charmides and Other Poems, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Charmides and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022,

MLA: Wilde, Oscar. "Urbs Sacra Aeterna." Charmides and Other Poems, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Charmides and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022.

Harvard: Wilde, O, 'Urbs Sacra Aeterna' in Charmides and Other Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Charmides and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from