Goblin Market, and other poems, by Christina Rossetti

A Better Resurrection

I have no wit, no words, no tears;

    My heart within me like a stone

Is numbed too much for hopes or fears.

    Look right, look left, I dwell alone;

I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief

    No everlasting hills I see;

My life is in the falling leaf:

    O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,

    My harvest dwindled to a husk;

Truly my life is void and brief

    And tedious in the barren dusk;

My life is like a frozen thing,

    No bud nor greenness can I see:

Yet rise it shall — the sap of Spring;

    O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,

    A broken bowl that cannot hold

One drop of water for my soul

    Or cordial in the searching cold

Cast in the fire the perished thing,

    Melt and remould it, till it be

A royal cup for Him my King:

    O Jesus, drink of me.

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