Goblin Market, and other poems, by Christina Rossetti

A Summer Wish

Live all thy sweet life thro’,

    Sweet Rose, dew-sprent,

Drop down thine evening dew

To gather it anew

When day is bright:

    I fancy thou wast meant

Chiefly to give delight.

Sing in the silent sky,

    Glad soaring bird;

Sing out thy notes on high

To sunbeam straying by

Or passing cloud;

    Heedless if thou art heard

Sing thy full song aloud.

Oh that it were with me

    As with the flower;

Blooming on its own tree

For butterfly and bee

Its summer morns:

    That I might bloom mine hour

A rose in spite of thorns.

Oh that my work were done

    As birds’ that soar

Rejoicing in the sun:

That when my time is run

And daylight too,

    I so might rest once more

Cool with refreshing dew.

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