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Showing posts with label Birthday Poem. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birthday Poem. Show all posts

Friday, 27 January 2017

A Birthday by Christina Rossetti

A Birthday Poem by: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) "A Birthday"


A Birthday

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.



Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.


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