Dream Land

Original Text: 
The Gem, 1 (Jan. 1850). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).
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.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.301.