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Christina G. Rossetti

  • For there is no friend like a sister / In calm or stormy weather; / To cheer one on the tedious way, / To fetch one if one goes astray, / To lift one if one totters down, / To strengthen whilst one stands.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • title poem (1859), Goblin Market ()
  • My heart is like a singing bird / ... / Because the birthday of my life / Is come, my love is come to me.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "A Birthday" (1857), Goblin Market ()
  • Does the road wind uphill all the way? / Yes, to the very end. / Will the day's journey take the whole long day? / From morn to night, my friend.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Up-Hill," Goblin Market ()
  • Sleep that no pain shall wake, / Night that no morn shall break.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Dream Land," Goblin Market ()
  • Remember me when I am gone away, / Gone far away into the silent land ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Remember" (1849), Goblin Market ()
  • Better by far you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Remember" (1849), Goblin Market ()
  • Oh roses for the flush of youth, / And laurel for the perfect prime; / But pluck an ivy branch for me / Grown old before my time.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Song" (1849), Goblin Market ()
  • When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me; / Plant thou no roses at my head, / Nor shady cypress tree: / Be the green grass above me / With showers and dewdrops wet; / And if thou wilt, remember, / And if thou wilt, forget.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Song" (1849), Goblin Market ()
  • Silence more musical than any song ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Rest" (1849), Goblin Market ()
  • Winter is cold-hearted, / Spring is yea and nay, / Autumn is a weathercock / Blown every way: / Summer days for me / When every leaf is on its tree ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Summer" (1864), The Prince's Progress ()
  • One day in the country / Is worth a month in town.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Summer" (1864), The Prince's Progress ()
  • Hurt no living thing: / Ladybird, nor butterfly, / Nor moth with dusty wing, / Nor cricket chirping cheerily ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Hurt No Living Thing," Sing-Song ()
  • Heaven is the presence of God.

  • To her whose heart is my heart's quiet home, / To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee / I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Sonnets Are Full of Love," A Pageant ()
  • Tread softly! all the earth is holy ground.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Later Life," A Pageant ()
  • Many thrive on frugal fare / Who would perish of excess.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Promises Like Piecrust" (1861), New Poems ()
  • This downhill path is easy, but there's no turning back.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Amor Mundi" (1865), The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti ()
  • Who has seen the wind? / Neither you nor I: / But when the trees bow down their heads / The wind is passing by.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Who Has Seen the Wind?" The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti ()
  • Good deeds are many, but good lives are few ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Yes, I Too Could Face Death," The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti ()
  • If all the world were water fit to drown / There are some whom you would not teach to swim.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • "Some Ladies Dress in Muslin Full and White," The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti ()
  • Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • in Gospel Herald, vol. 2 ()
  • I do but sing because I must / And pipe but as the linnets sing ...

    • Christina G. Rossetti
  • Her heart sat silent thro' the noise / And concourse of the street. / There was no hurry in her hands, / No hurry in her feet.

    • Christina G. Rossetti,
    • title poem, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems ()

Christina G. Rossetti, English poet

(1830 - 1894)

Full name: Christina Georgina Rossetti. She also used the pen name Ellen Alleyne.