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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Dream Land


              1Where sunless rivers weep
              2Their waves into the deep,
              3She sleeps a charmed sleep:
              4      Awake her not.
              5Led by a single star,
              6She came from very far
              7To seek where shadows are
              8      Her pleasant lot.

              9She left the rosy morn,
            10She left the fields of corn,
            11For twilight cold and lorn
            12      And water springs.
            13Through sleep, as through a veil,
            14She sees the sky look pale,
            15And hears the nightingale
            16      That sadly sings.

            17Rest, rest, a perfect rest
            18Shed over brow and breast;
            19Her face is toward the west,
            20      The purple land.
            21She cannot see the grain
            22Ripening on hill and plain;
            23She cannot feel the rain
            24      Upon her hand.

            25Rest, rest, for evermore
            26Upon a mossy shore;
            27Rest, rest at the heart's core
            28      Till time shall cease:
            29Sleep that no pain shall wake;
            30Night that no morn shall break
            31Till joy shall overtake
            32      Her perfect peace.


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: The Gem, 1 (Jan. 1850). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.301.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: April 1849
Rhyme: aaabcccb


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