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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

A Daughter of Eve


              1A fool I was to sleep at noon,
              2      And wake when night is chilly
              3Beneath the comfortless cold moon;
              4A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
              5      A fool to snap my lily.

              6My garden-plot I have not kept;
              7      Faded and all-forsaken,
              8I weep as I have never wept:
              9Oh it was summer when I slept,
            10      It's winter now I waken.

            11Talk what you please of future spring
            12      And sun-warm'd sweet to-morrow:--
            13Stripp'd bare of hope and everything,
            14No more to laugh, no more to sing,
            15      I sit alone with sorrow.


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, The Prince's Progress, and Other Poems (1875). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).
First publication date: 1875
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.319.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: September 1865
Rhyme: abaab


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