Note that later editions of De Profundis contained more material. The most complete editions are still in copyright in the U. Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.
We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of pain. The paralysing immobility of a life every circumstance of which is regulated after an unchangeable pattern, so that we eat and drink and lie down and pray, or kneel at least for prayer, according to the inflexible laws of an iron formula: this immobile quality, that makes each dreadful day in the very minutest detail like its brother, seems to communicate itself to those external forces the very essence of whose existence is ceaseless change.
Of seed-time or harvest, of the reapers bending over the corn, or the grape gatherers threading through the vines, of the grass in the orchard made white with broken blossoms or strewn with fallen fruit: of these we know nothing and can know nothing. For us there is only one season, the season of sorrow. The very sun and moon seem taken from us. Outside, the day may be blue and gold, but the light that creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window beneath which one sits is grey and niggard.
And in the sphere of thought, no less than in the sphere of time, motion is no more. The thing that you personally have long ago forgotten, or can easily forget, is happening to me now, and will happen to me again to-morrow. Remember this, and you will be able to understand a little of why I am writing, and in this manner writing. A week later, I am transferred here.
Three more months go over and my mother dies. No one knew how deeply I loved and honoured her. Her death was terrible to me; but I, once a lord of language, have no words in which to express my anguish and my shame.
She and my father had bequeathed me a name they had made noble and honoured, not merely in literature, art, archaeology, and science, but in the public history of my own country, in its evolution as a nation. I had disgraced that name eternally. I had made it a low by-word among low people.
I had dragged it through the very mire. I had given it to brutes that they might make it brutal, and to fools that they might turn it into a synonym for folly. What I suffered then, and still suffer, is not for pen to write or paper to record. My wife, always kind and gentle to me, rather than that I should hear the news from indifferent lips, travelled, ill as she was, all the way from Genoa to England to break to me herself the tidings of so irreparable, so irremediable, a loss.
Messages of sympathy reached me from all who had still affection for me. Even people who had not known me personally, hearing that a new sorrow had broken into my life, wrote to ask that some expression of their condolence should be conveyed to me. Three months go over. The calendar of my daily conduct and labour that hangs on the outside of my cell door, with my name and sentence written upon it, tells me that it is May.
Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things. There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation. The thin beaten-out leaf of tremulous gold that chronicles the direction of forces the eye cannot see is in comparison coarse. It is a wound that bleeds when any hand but that of love touches it, and even then must bleed again, though not in pain.
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realise what that means.Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity; he De Profundis Latin: "from the depths" is a 50, word letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas, his lover. In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity; he had not forgotten Douglas's remark, when he was ill, "When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages.E arly inwhile facing charges of indecency and wondering if he should abscond to France, Oscar Wilde had no idea what a two-year prison sentence would mean for him.
In total isolation, first in Pentonville and Wandsworth, and then in Reading gaol, to which he was moved in NovemberWilde slept on a plank bed with no mattress. He could not sleep, he was permanently hungry and he suffered from dysentery. But like all men unused to manual labour who receive a sentence of this kind, he will be dead within two years. Nelson was more liberal than his predecessor and was ready to relax the rules.
In Januarywhen Wilde still had more than four months still to serve, he and Nelson came up with an ingenious idea. While nothing in the prison regulations allowed prisoners to write plays or novels or essays, inmates had permission to write letters. Under the previous regime, Wilde had written to solicitors and the Home Office, or in limited quantities to friends, but his letters were inspected and the writing materials removed as he finished.
But the regulations did not specify how long a letter should be. And if a letter were not finished, then the prisoner, it was supposed, could be allowed take it with him when he left the prison. Thus Wilde, alone in his cell, was given pen and ink every day. What he wrote was removed each evening and then, it seems, handed back to him in the morning, or parts were given back to him to revise. It took him three months, with much revision. Wilde addressed his letter to Lord Alfred Douglas.
On his release, he handed the manuscript to Ross, who had two typed copies made, one of which he sent to Douglas. In Ross published extracts from the text, and a fuller version in The complete version, however, was not published until Wilde, for example, compares himself to Christ.
But there is also a beautiful, calm eloquence, and a sense of urgency, of things being said because there might not be time or opportunity to say them in the future.
He wrote not as art now, but as desperately serious matter. Wilde accused Douglas of distracting him from his art, of spending his money, of degrading him ethically, of constant scene-making, of deliberately and then thoughtlessly mistreating him. The tone was fluent and sweeping, full of carefully controlled cadence and measured elegance. It was like a tenor becoming a baritone, with a new range and depth and a new attention to feeling, but the old skills and tricks with pitch and paradox still in place, despite his circumstances, or perhaps because of them.
The letter cannot be read for its accurate account of their relationship, nor taken at its word. While some of the accusations are true, others are petty and foolish. But that is not the point. Its seductive, hurt and passionate tone places it in a category of its own.
In all its urgency and ambiguous eloquence, it remains one of the greatest and most complex love letters ever written.To save this word, you'll need to log in. Accessed 19 Apr. Comments on de profundis What made you want to look up de profundis?
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The kindle version reads very well with none of the weird formatting that sometimes afflicts books you pay for. But this is the expurgated version you have to pay for the unexpurgated so most of the personal things are not in this particular edition. Names are starred out and personal references are obscured. I don't know if the unexpurgated version offers hidden depths that this version doesn't have or if it muddies things based on some of these reviews, I suspect the latter but as an FYI - the free version is expurgated.
My heart goes out to this young man that feels he really has no place to fit in.It was edited and published posthumously in as De Profundis. While imprisoned in Reading Gaol from to for homosexual practices, Wilde wrote an impassioned letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas.
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Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. More About.The De Profundis is the common name for the th Psalm in the modern numbering system; in the traditional numbering system, it is the th Psalm.
The Psalm takes its name from the first two words of the psalm in its Latin phrasing see below. This Psalm has a varied history of usage in many traditions. In Catholicism, the rule of St. For Catholics, every time a believer recites the De Profundisthey are said to receive a partial indulgence the remission of a portion of punishment for sin.
The De Profundis also has a variety of uses in Judaism. It is recited as part of the liturgy for the high holidays, for example, and is traditionally recited as a prayer for the sick. The Psalm has frequently been set to music, with many of the melodies written by some the world's most renowned composers, including Bach, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, as well as modern composers such as Vangelis and Leonard Bernstein.
Share Flipboard Email. By ThoughtCo. Updated April 14, Background The De Profundis is the common name for the th Psalm in the modern numbering system; in the traditional numbering system, it is the th Psalm. De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit? Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine. Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus: Speravit anima mea in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio. Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered. I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn. More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption; And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.