A Birthday – Christina Rossetti

This poem felt right for today since it is the beginning of Valentines Week.  May love come to you this week.

 

A Birthday

by Christina 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 thick-set 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 daïs 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.

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