Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

A Birthday - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

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 thickset 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 dais 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.


Comments about A Birthday by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (2/10/2016 12:22:00 PM)


    Nice similarities of heart with various natural objects, it's a nice poetry work by by one of my favorite author. (Report) Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/24/2014 11:09:00 PM)


    Love to one's own birthday expressed in the poem and it is good. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/24/2014 11:09:00 PM)


    Love to one's own birthday expressed in the poem and it is good. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello Cynthia Buhain-baello (7/7/2009 2:26:00 AM)


    So eloquent and beautiful, like the songs of the sea, halcyon and placid. (Report) Reply

  • Emily Oldham Emily Oldham (6/21/2009 5:37:00 AM)


    I don't know what all of it means- what's a halycon sea? - but it paints a picture in my mind anyway, no matter how inaccurate. Beautiful imagery. Another of my favourite. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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