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Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti


A Birthday


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. 



Christina Georgina Rossetti


Christina Georgina Rossetti's other poems:
  1. Lady Maggie
  2. Twice
  3. A Better Ressurection
  4. Dead Hope
  5. I Am A King


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Austin A Birthday ("The love within my heart that dwells")
  • Aleister Crowley A Birthday ("Full moon to-night; and six and twenty years")

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