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(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

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  • ''Gone were but the Winter,
    Come were but the Spring,
    I would go to a covert
    Where the birds sing.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. Spring Quiet (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 1. R. W. Crump, ed. (1979) Louisiana State University É Press.
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  • ''One day in the country
    Is worth a month in town.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet, lyricist. Summer.
  • ''Spin and die,
    To live again as butterfly.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The Caterpillar (Sing-Song) (l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''Brown and furry
    Caterpillar in a hurry,
    Take your walk
    To the shady leaf, or stalk,''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The Caterpillar (Sing-Song) (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''The city mouse lives in a house;—
    The garden mouse lives in a bower,''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The City Mouse and the Garden Mous (Sing-Song) (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''The city mouse eats bread and cheese;—
    The garden mouse eats what he can;
    We will not grudge him seeds and stocks,
    Poor little timid furry man.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse (Sing-Song) (l. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''And sometimes I remember days of old
    When fellowship seemed not so far to seek,
    And all the world and I seemed much less cold,
    And at the rainbow's foot lay surely gold,
    And hope felt strong, and life itself not weak.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The Thread of Life (l. 10-15). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''The irresponsive silence of the land,
    The irresponsive sounding of the sea,
    Speak both one message of one sense to me:—
    'Aloof, aloof, we stand aloof,''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. The Thread of Life (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 2. R. W. Crump, ed. (1986) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''I smiled at the speech you spoke,
    At your judgement that I heard:
    But I have not often smiled
    Since then, nor questioned since,
    Nor cared for corn-flowers wild,
    Nor sung with the singing bird.''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. Twice (l. 18-24). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 1. R. W. Crump, ed. (1979) Louisiana State University É Press.
  • ''You took my heart in your hand
    With a friendly smile,
    With a critical eye you scanned,
    Then set it down,
    And said: It is still unripe,
    Better wait awhile;''
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet. Twice (l. 9-14). . . The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol. 1. R. W. Crump, ed. (1979) Louisiana State University É Press.

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Sappho

I sigh at day-dawn, and I sigh
When the dull day is passing by.
I sigh at evening, and again
I sigh when night brings sleep to men.
Oh! it were far better to die
Than thus forever mourn and sigh,
And in death's dreamless sleep to be
Unconscious that none weep for me;
Eased from my weight of heaviness,

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