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CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI
English poet
(1830 - 1894)
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The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
  And Paradise hath room for you and me and all.
      - Saints and Angels (st. 10) [Paradise]

Somewhere or other there must surely be
  The face not seen, the voice not heard,
    The heart that not yet--never yet--ah me!
      Made answer to my word.
      - Somewhere or Other [Sympathy]

When I am dead, my dearest,
  Sing no sad songs for me;
    Plant thou no roses at my head,
      No shady cypress tree.
      - Song [Death]

O, roses for the flush of youth,
  And laurel for the perfect prime;
    But pluck an ivy branch for me,
      Grown old before my time.
      - Song (st. 1) [Age]

I wept for memory.
      - Song--She Sat and Sang Always [Memory]

There goes the swallow,--
  Could we but follow!
    Hasty swallow, stay,
      Point us out the way;
        Look back swallow, turn back swallow, stop swallow.
      - Songs in a Cornfield (st. 7) [Swallows]

Silence more musical than any song.
      - Sonnet--Rest [Silence]

There is no time like Spring
  When life's alive in everything,
    Before new nestlings sing,
      Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
        Along the trackless track.
      - Spring (st. 3) [Spring]

Wintry boughs against a wintry sky;
  Yet the sky is partly blue
    And the clouds are partly bright.
      Who can tell but sap is mounting high,
        Out of sight,
          Ready to burst through?
      - Spring Signals to Winter [Winter]

Before green apples blush,
  Before green nuts embrown,
    Why, one day in the country
      Is worth a month in town.
      - Summer [Summer]

I watched a rose-bud very long
  Brought on by dew and sun and shower,
    Waiting to see the perfect flower:
      Then when I thought it should be strong
        It opened at the matin hour
          And fell at even-song.
      - Symbols [Roses]

It was the rampart of God's house
  That she was standing on;
    By God built over the sheer depth,
      The which is Space begun;
        So high, that looking downward thence,
          She scarce could see the sun.
      - The Blessed Damozel [Heaven]

The blessed Damozel lean'd out
  From the gold bar of Heaven:
    Her eyes knew more of rest and shade
      Of waters still'd at even;
        She had three lilies in her hand,
          And the stars in her hair were seven.
      - The Blessed Damozel,
        (version in Oxford Ed. of "Golden Treasury")
        [Heaven]

The sun was gone now; the curled moon was like a little feather
  Fluttering far down the gulf.
      - The Blessed Damozel (st. 10) [Moon]

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
  If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
    If frozen snowdrops fell as yet the sun,
      And crocus fires are kindling one by one.
      - The First Spring Day (st. 1) [Spring]

I plucked a honeysuckle where
  The hedge on high is quick with thorn,
    And climbing for the prize, was torn,
      And fouled my feet in quag-water;
        And by the thorns and by the wind
          The blossom that I took was thinn'd
            And yet I found it sweet and fair.
      - The Honeysuckle [Honeysuckles]

One by one the flowers close,
  Lily and dewy rose
    Shutting their tender petals from the moon.
      - Twilight Calm [Evening]

Hark! that's the nightingale,
  Telling the self-same tale
    Her song told when this ancient earth was young:
      So echoes answered when her song was sung
        In the first wooded vale.
      - Twilight Calm (st. 7) [Nightingales]

We met, hand to hand,
  We clasped hands close and fast,
    As close as oak and ivy stand;
      But it is past:
        Come day, come night, day comes at last.
      - Twilight--Night (I, st. 1) [Day]

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
  Those who have gone before.
    Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
      They will not keep you standing at that door.
      - Up Hill [Welcome]

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
  Yes, to the very end.
    Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
      From morn to night, my friend.
      - Up-Hill [Traveling]


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