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Quotation by Oscar Wilde
The vilest deeds like poison weeds,
Bloom well in prison-air;
It is only what is good in Man
That wastes and withers there:
Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate,
And the Warder is Despair.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish author. The Ballad of Reading Gaol (l. 559–564). . .
Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.
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