Magee gets solitary confinement

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
…For blood and wine are red,
And blood and wine were on his hands
….When they found him with the dead,
The poor dead woman whom he loved,
…. And murdered in her bed.


We tore the tarry rope to shreds
….With blunt and bleeding nails;
We rubbed the doors, and scrubbed the floors,
….And cleaned the shining rails:
And, rank by rank, we soaped the plank,
….And clattered with the pails.


We sewed the sacks, we broke the stones,
….We turned the dusty drill:
We banged the tins, and bawled the hymns,
….And sweated on the mill:
But in the heart of every man
….Terror was lying still.



And all men kill the thing they love,
….By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
….Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
….The brave man with a sword!.

Ballad of Reading Jail, 1898, Oscar Wilde. Full poem, here.

4 responses to “Magee gets solitary confinement

  1. Mike; Don’t keep us hanging. What’s the story behind the pics?

  2. The story is that Oxford is a city – although its cathedral is miniscule. But it was a redoubt for the Cavaliers much to the annoyance of the Puritans. Especially North Parade.

    Plus, Oxford Jail – this address – has been imprisoning people for nearly 1,000 years whichever way you count it. So go figure :) Lots of hanging must have gone on.

    My best London journalist mate assured me yesterday that there was a tunnel from the pub to Tyburn (now Marble Arch). And on the route to the regular hangings, they made sure the convict was as drunk as possible.

    Tyburn (Marble Arch) was shut down because the people enjoyed the spectacle so much of people hanging. German word is schadenfreude, I believe. But watching people or things suffering, Gene, is not for me!

  3. thomasxstewart

    Read On Church, “Jesus Hates US”, Well How About That. Theres ancient character called “Chineseiss”, Slave trader, Thought to actually BE Jesus: A.D.. Shows That Horribleness of Treatment becomes addiction to enjoy suffering of Others from, Guess.

    Its’ Rough tough Life. Now about Your Sexto Transplant….


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