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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

A Better Resurrection


              1I have no wit, no words, no tears;
              2      My heart within me like a stone
              3Is numb'd too much for hopes or fears;
              4      Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
              5I lift mine eyes, but dimm'd with grief
              6      No everlasting hills I see;
              7My life is in the falling leaf:
              8      O Jesus, quicken me.

              9My life is like a faded leaf,
            10      My harvest dwindled to a husk:
            11Truly my life is void and brief
            12      And tedious in the barren dusk;
            13My life is like a frozen thing,
            14      No bud nor greenness can I see:
            15Yet rise it shall--the sap of Spring;
            16      O Jesus, rise in me.

            17My life is like a broken bowl,
            18      A broken bowl that cannot hold
            19One drop of water for my soul
            20      Or cordial in the searching cold;
            21Cast in the fire the perish'd thing;
            22      Melt and remould it, till it be
            23A royal cup for Him, my King:
            24      O Jesus, drink of me.

Notes

5-6] Cf. Psalms 121: 1: "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?"


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and other Poems (Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862). end R673 G63 1862 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).
First publication date: 1862
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.303.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: June 1857
Rhyme: ababcdcd


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