Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A month before his second letter appeared in , Wilde published the Ballad of Reading Gaol, a grimly realistic poem which describes the hanging of Charles. Oscar Wilde, - Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each 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! Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do. 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. This week's choice is Oscar Wilde's indictment of the Victorian penal system, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition. The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Author: Oscar Wilde) .. ] And from all the gaol rose up a wail ] Of impotent despair. Oscar Wilde: The Ballad of Reading Gaol (). (vv. 1—). In Memoriam. C.T.W.. Sometime Trooper of the Royal Horse Guards. Obiit H.M. Prison, Reading . The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May Wilde had.