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Christina Georgina Rossetti (Кристина Джорджина Россетти)


Memory


I

I nursed it in my bosom while it lived,
I hid it in my heart when it was dead;
In joy I sat alone, even so I grieved
Alone and nothing said.

I shut the door to face the naked truth,
I stood alone—I faced the truth alone,
Stripped bare of self-regard or forms or ruth
Till first and last were shown.

I took the perfect balances and weighed;
No shaking of my hand disturbed the poise;
Weighed, found it wanting: not a word I said,
But silent made my choice.

None know the choice I made; I make it still.
None know the choice I made and broke my heart,
Breaking mine idol: I have braced my will
Once, chosen for once my part.

I broke it at a blow, I laid it cold,
Crushed in my deep heart where it used to live.
My heart dies inch by inch; the time grows old,
Grows old in which I grieve.

II

I have a room whereinto no one enters
Save I myself alone:
There sits a blessed memory on a throne,
There my life centres.

While winter comes and goes—oh tedious comer!—
And while its nip-wind blows;
While bloom the bloodless lily and warm rose
Of lavish summer.

If any should force entrance he might see there
One buried yet not dead,
Before whose face I no more bow my head
Or bend my knee there;

But often in my worn life's autumn weather
I watch there with clear eyes,
And think how it will be in Paradise
When we're together. 



Christina Georgina Rossetti's other poems:
  1. Once For All
  2. Fluttered Wings
  3. Come Unto Me
  4. What Does The Donkey Bray About?
  5. Sweet Death


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Oliver Goldsmith (Оливер Голдсмит) Memory ("O MEMORY, thou fond deceiver")
  • William Browne (Уильям Броун) Memory ("SO shuts the marigold her leaves")
  • Thomas Aldrich (Томас Олдрич) Memory ("My mind lets go a thousand things")
  • George Horton (Джордж Хортон) Memory ("Sweet memory, like a pleasing dream")
  • John Tabb (Джон Табб) Memory ("I go not to the grave to weep")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Memory ("Soon the waves so lightly bounding")
  • Edgar Guest (Эдгар Гест) Memory ("I stood and watched him playing")

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