Monday, February 14, 2011

Verse of the Day - Christina Rossetti

Finding an appropriate poem for Valentine's Day that's not over mushy and sentimental is always a challenge. But you can seldom go wrong with Christina Rossetti, far less mawkish than her foppish brother.

Echo by Christina Rossetti

Come to me in the silence of the night;
Come in the sparkling silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
As sunlight on a stream;
Come back in tears,
O memory, hope, love of finished years.
O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,
Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet;
Where thirsting longing eyes
Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.

Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
My very life again though cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams, that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago


  1. Very nice. "the sparkling silence of a dream"--I really like that part.

  2. Thanks for this. I'll recite it to the missus with all due haste.... although I fear that it might loose something in translation. Anyway, here's hoping.

    Have a good day, Boonie