Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress, and Other Poems

By Christina Georgina Rossetti

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Chilly he lies, as chilly as stone, together with his clotted curls approximately his face: The comeliest corpse in the entire global And worthwhile of a queen's embody. you could have spared his soul, sister, Have spared my soul, your individual soul too: notwithstanding I had no longer been born in any respect, He'd by no means have checked out you. My father may perhaps sleep in Paradise, My mom at Heaven-gate: yet sister Maude shall get no sleep both early or past due. My father may perhaps put on a golden costume, My mom a crown could win; If my pricey and that i knocked at Heaven-gate maybe they would allow us to in: yet sister Maude, oh sister Maude, Bide you with demise and sin. leisure SONNET O EARTH, lie seriously upon her eyes; Seal her candy eyes weary of observing, Earth; Lie shut round her; go away no room for mirth With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs. She hath no questions, she hath no replies, Hushed in and curtained with a blessèd dearth Of all that irked her from the hour of delivery; With stillness that's nearly Paradise. Darkness extra transparent than noon-day holdeth her, Silence extra musical than any music; Even her very center has ceased to stir: until eventually the morning of Eternity Her relaxation shall now not commence nor finish, yet be; And while she wakes she is going to now not imagine it lengthy. the 1st SPRING DAY i'm wondering if the sap is stirring but, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops think as but the solar And crocus fires are kindling one after the other: Sing, robin, sing; I nonetheless am sore doubtful relating Spring. i ponder if the springtide of this yr Will carry one other Spring either misplaced and costly; If middle and spirit will discover their Spring, Or if the area by myself will bud and sing: Sing, wish, to me; candy notes, my wish, tender notes for reminiscence. The sap would certainly quicken quickly or overdue, The tardiest poultry will twitter to a mate; So Spring needs to sunrise back with heat and bloom, Or during this international, or on the planet to return: Sing, voice of Spring, until I too blossom and celebrate and sing. THE CONVENT THRESHOLD there is blood among us, love, my love, there is father's blood, there is brother's blood; And blood's a bar i will not move: i select the steps that mount above, Stair after golden skyward stair, To urban and to sea of glass. My lily ft are dirty with dust, With scarlet dust which tells a story Of wish that used to be, of guilt that used to be, of affection that shall no longer but avail; unluckily, my middle, if i'll naked My middle, this selfsame stain is there: I search the ocean of glass and hearth to clean the spot, to burn the snare; Lo, stairs are supposed to carry us better: Mount with me, mount the kindled stair. Your eyes glance earthward, mine search for. I see the far away urban grand, past the hills a watered land, past the gulf a sparkling strand Of mansions the place the righteous sup; Who sleep relaxed between their timber, Or wake to sing a cadenced hymn With Cherubim and Seraphim; They bore the go, they tired the cup, Racked, roasted, beaten, wrenched limb from limb, They the offscouring of the area: The heaven of starry heavens unfurled, The sunlight ahead of their face is dim.

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