Christina Georgina Rossetti
A Baby’s Cradle With No Baby In It by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Baby’s Cradle With No Baby In It by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A baby's cradle with no baby in it, A baby's grave where autumn leaves drop sere; The sweet soul gathered home to Paradise, The body waiting here.

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When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest,Sing no sad songs for me;Plant thou no roses at my head,Nor shady cypress tree:Be the green grass above meWith showers and dewdrops wet;And if thou ...

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A Study (A Soul) by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Study (A Soul) by Christina Georgina Rossetti

She stands as pale as Parian statues stand; Like Cleopatra when she turned at bay, And felt her strength above the Roman sway, And felt the aspic writhing in her hand. Her face is ...

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A Daughter Of Eve by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Daughter Of Eve by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A fool I was to sleep at noon,And wake when night is chillyBeneath the comfortless cold moon;A fool to pluck my rose too soon,A fool to snap my lily.My garden-plot I have not ...

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In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,In the bleak midwinter, long ago.Our God, ...

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Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With ...

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A Birthday by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Birthday by Christina Georgina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing birdWhose nest is in a water'd shoot;My heart is like an apple-treeWhose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;My heart is like a rainbow shellThat ...

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An Apple-Gathering by Christina Georgina Rossetti

An Apple-Gathering by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I plucked pink blossoms from mine apple treeAnd wore them all that evening in my hair:Then in due season when I went to seeI found no apples there.With dangling basket all along ...

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Sleeping At Last by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Sleeping At Last by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Sleeping at last, the trouble and tumult over, Sleeping at last, the struggle and horror past, Cold and white, out of sight of friend and of lover, Sleeping at last.No more a ...

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A Pause by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Pause by Christina Georgina Rossetti

They made the chamber sweet with flowers and leaves, And the bed sweet with flowers on which I lay; While my soul, love-bound, loitered on its way. I did not hear the birds about ...

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Bride Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Bride Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti

From 'The Prince's Progress' TOO late for love, too late for joy, Too late, too late! You loiter'd on the road too long, You trifled at the gate: The enchanted dove upon her ...

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A Better Ressurection by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Better Ressurection by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I have no wit, no words, no tears;My heart within me like a stoneIs numbed too much for hopes or fears.Look right, look left, I dwell alone;I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with ...

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From Sunset To Star Rise by Christina Georgina Rossetti

From Sunset To Star Rise by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Go from me, summer friends, and tarry not: I am no summer friend, but wintry cold, A silly sheep benighted from the fold, A sluggard with a thorn-choked garden plot. Take counsel, ...

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Silent Noon by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Silent Noon by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, - The finger-points look through like rosy blooms: Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms 'Neath billowing skies that ...

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Beneath Thy Cross by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Beneath Thy Cross by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Am I a stone, and not a sheep, That I can stand, O Christ, beneath thy cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss, And yet not weep?Not so those women loved Who with ...

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Cousin Kate by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Cousin Kate by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I was a cottage maiden Hardened by sun and air Contented with my cottage mates, Not mindful I was fair. Why did a great lord find me out, And praise my flaxen hair? Why did a ...

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Winter: My Secret by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Winter: My Secret by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I tell my secret? No indeed, not I:Perhaps some day, who knows?But not today; it froze, and blows, and snows,And you're too curious: fie!You want to hear it? well:Only, my ...

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Mirage by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Mirage by Christina Georgina Rossetti

The hope I dreamed of was a dream,Was but a dream; and now I wake,Exceeding comfortless, and worn, and old,For a dream's sake.I hang my harp upon a tree,A weeping willow in a ...

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Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti

MORNING and eveningMaids heard the goblins cry:"Come buy our orchard fruits,Come buy, come buy:Apples and quinces,Lemons and oranges,Plump unpecked cherries-Melons and ...

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Cobwebs by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Cobwebs by Christina Georgina Rossetti

It is a land with neither night nor day, Nor heat nor cold, nor any wind, nor rain, Nor hills nor valleys; but one even plain Stretches thro' long unbroken miles away: While thro' ...

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Aloof by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Aloof by Christina Georgina Rossetti

THE irresponsive silence of the land, The irresponsive sounding of the sea, Speak both one message of one sense to me:-- Aloof, aloof, we stand aloof, so stand Thou too ...

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Sappho by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Sappho by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I sigh at day-dawn, and I sighWhen the dull day is passing by.I sigh at evening, and againI sigh when night brings sleep to men.Oh! it were far better to dieThan thus forever ...

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What Would I Give by Christina Georgina Rossetti

What Would I Give by Christina Georgina Rossetti

What would I give for a heart of flesh to warm me through,Instead of this heart of stone ice-cold whatever I do!Hard and cold and small, of all hearts the worst of all.What would ...

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Maude Clare by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Maude Clare by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Out of the church she followed them With a lofty step and mien: His bride was like a village maid, Maude Clare was like a queen.“Son Thomas, ” his lady mother said, With ...

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May by Christina Georgina Rossetti

May by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I cannot tell you how it was,But this I know: it came to passUpon a bright and sunny dayWhen May was young; ah, pleasant May!As yet the poppies were not bornBetween the blades of ...

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The First Day by Christina Georgina Rossetti

The First Day by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I wish I could remember the first day,First hour, first moment of your meeting me;If bright or dim the season, it might beSummer or winter for aught I can say.So unrecorded did it ...

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Is It Well With The Child? by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Is It Well With The Child? by Christina Georgina Rossetti

SAFE where I cannot die yet, Safe where I hope to lie too, Safe from the fume and the fret; You, and you, Whom I never forget. Safe from the frost and the snow, Safe ...

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A Dream by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Dream by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Once in a dream (for once I dreamed of you)We stood together in an open field;Above our heads two swift-winged pigeons wheeled,Sporting at ease and courting full in view.When ...

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Later Life by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Later Life by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Something this foggy day, a something which Is neither of this fog nor of today, Has set me dreaming of the winds that play Past certain cliffs, along one certain beach, And turn ...

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Spring Quiet by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Spring Quiet by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Gone were but the Winter,Come were but the Spring,I would go to a covertWhere the birds sing;Where in the whitethornSingeth a thrush,And a robin singsIn the holly-bush.Full of ...

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A Christmas Carol by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Christmas Carol by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. Our ...

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De Profundis by Christina Georgina Rossetti

De Profundis by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Oh why is heaven built so far, Oh why is earth set so remote? I cannot reach the nearest star That hangs afloat. I would not care to reach the moon, ...

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A Frog’s Fate by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Frog’s Fate by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Contemptuous of his home beyond The village and the village-pond, A large-souled Frog who spurned each byway Hopped along the imperial highway. Nor grunting pig nor barking dog ...

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Promises Like Pie-Crust by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Promises Like Pie-Crust by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Promise me no promises,So will I not promise you:Keep we both our liberties,Never false and never true:Let us hold the die uncast,Free to come as free to go:For I cannot know your ...

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Holy Innocents by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Holy Innocents by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Sleep, little Baby, sleep,The holy Angels love thee,And guard thy bed, and keepA blessed watch above thee.No spirit can come nearNor evil beast to harm thee:Sleep, Sweet, devoid ...

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Before The Paling Of The Stars by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Before The Paling Of The Stars by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Before the winter morn,Before the earliest cock crow,Jesus Christ was born:Born in a stable,Cradled in a manger,In the world his hands had madeBorn a stranger.Priest and king lay ...

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At Home by Christina Georgina Rossetti

At Home by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I was dead, my spirit turnedTo seek the much-frequented house:I passed the door, and saw my friendsFeasting beneath green orange boughs;From hand to hand they pushed the ...

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Fluttered Wings by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Fluttered Wings by Christina Georgina Rossetti

The splendour of the kindling day, The splendor of the setting sun, These move my soul to wend its way, And have done With all we grasp and toil amongst and say. ...

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A Royal Princess by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Royal Princess by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I, a princess, king-descended, decked with jewels, gilded, drest,Would rather be a peasant with her baby at her breast,For all I shine so like the sun, and am purple like the ...

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Monna Innominata: A Sonnet Of Sonnets by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Monna Innominata: A Sonnet Of Sonnets by Christina Georgina Rossetti

1Lo di che han detto a' dolci amici addio. - DanteAmor, con quanto sforzo oggi mi vinci! - PetrarcaCome back to me, who wait and watch for you:--Or come not yet, for it is over ...

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In The Willow Shade by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In The Willow Shade by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I sat beneath a willow tree,Where water falls and calls;While fancies upon fancies solaced me,Some true, and some were false.Who set their heart upon a hopeThat never comes to ...

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Passing Away, Saith The World by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Passing Away, Saith The World by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Passing away, saith the World, passing away:Chances, beauty and youth, sapp'd day by day:Thy life never continueth in one stay.Is the eye waxen dim, is the dark hair changing to ...

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A House Of Cards by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A House Of Cards by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A house of cards Is neat and small: Shake the table, It must fall. Find the Court cards One by one; Raise it, roof it, - Now it's done: - Shake the table! That's the fun.

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By The Sea by Christina Georgina Rossetti

By The Sea by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Why does the sea moan evermore?Shut out from heaven it makes its moan,It frets against the boundary shore;All earth's full rivers cannot fillThe sea, that drinking thirsteth ...

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The Thread Of Life by Christina Georgina Rossetti

The Thread Of Life by Christina Georgina Rossetti

IThe irresponsive silence of the land, The irresponsive sounding of the sea, Speak both one message of one sense to me:--Aloof, aloof, we stand aloof, so standThou too aloof bound ...

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Who Shall Deliver Me? by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Who Shall Deliver Me? by Christina Georgina Rossetti

God strengthen me to bear myself; That heaviest weight of all to bear, Inalienable weight of care.All others are outside myself;I lock my door and bar them outThe turmoil, tedium, ...

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Twice by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Twice by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I took my heart in my hand (O my love, O my love), I said: Let me fall or stand, Let me live or die, But this once hear me speak- (O my love, O my love)- Yet a woman's words are ...

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Rest by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Rest by Christina Georgina Rossetti

O EARTH, lie heavily upon her eyes; Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching, Earth; Lie close around her; leave no room for mirth With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of ...

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Love Came Down At Christmas by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Love Came Down At Christmas by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,Love all lovely, love divine;Love was born at Christmas,Star and angels gave the sign.Worship we the Godhead,Love incarnate, love divine;Worship we our ...

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In An Artist’s Studio by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In An Artist’s Studio by Christina Georgina Rossetti

One face looks out from all his canvases, One selfsame figure sits or walks or leans: We found her hidden just behind those screens, That mirror gave back all her loveliness. A ...

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