A Better Resurrection

Original Text: 

Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and other Poems (Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862). end R673 G63 1862 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).

1I have no wit, no words, no tears;
2      My heart within me like a stone
3Is numb'd too much for hopes or fears;
4      Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
6      No everlasting hills I see;
7My life is in the falling leaf:
8      O Jesus, quicken me.
9My life is like a faded leaf,
10      My harvest dwindled to a husk:
11Truly my life is void and brief
12      And tedious in the barren dusk;
13My life is like a frozen thing,
14      No bud nor greenness can I see:
15Yet rise it shall--the sap of Spring;
16      O Jesus, rise in me.
17My life is like a broken bowl,
18      A broken bowl that cannot hold
19One drop of water for my soul
20      Or cordial in the searching cold;
21Cast in the fire the perish'd thing;
22      Melt and remould it, till it be
23A royal cup for Him, my King:
24      O Jesus, drink of me.


5] Cf. Psalms 121: 1: "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come?" Back to Line
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Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
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3RP 3.303.