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Christina Rossetti: A Dirge


Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling,
Or when grapes are green in the cluster,
Or, at least, when lithe swallows muster
For their far off flying
From summer dying.

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Why did you die when the lambs were cropping?
You should have died at the apples’ dropping,
When the grasshopper comes to trouble,
And the wheat-fields are sodden stubble,
And all winds go sighing
For sweet things dying.


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Portrait of Christina Rossetti by her brother Dante

2 comments on “Christina Rossetti: A Dirge

  1. Loranneke
    November 25, 2022

    Yes, the poem — but ohh the beauty of that portrait!

    Like

    • Vox Populi
      November 25, 2022

      Yes, her brother captured her character, didn’t he?

      Like

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