Thursday, May 19, 2011

May / Christina Rossetti


May

I cannot tell you how it was,
But this I know: it came to pass
Upon a bright and sunny day
When May was young; ah, pleasant May!
As yet the poppies were not born
Between the blades of tender corn;
The last egg had not hatched as yet,
Nor any bird foregone its mate.

I cannot tell you what it was,
But this I know: it did but pass.
It passed away with sunny May,
Like all sweet things it passed away,
And left me old, and cold, and gray.

---
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
from Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress, and other poems, 1879.


[Poem is in the public domain worldwide.]

Christina Rossetti biography

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