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Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti


Spring


Frost-locked all the winter,
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
What shall make their sap ascend
That they may put forth shoots?
Tips of tender green,
Leaf, or blade, or sheath;
Telling of the hidden life
That breaks forth underneath,
Life nursed in its grave by Death.


Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.


There is no time like Spring,
When life's alive in everything,
Before new nestlings sing,
Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
Along the trackless track -
God guides their wing,
He spreads their table that they nothing lack, -
Before the daisy grows a common flower
Before the sun has power
To scorch the world up in his noontide hour.


There is no time like Spring,
Like Spring that passes by;
There is no life like Spring-life born to die, -
Piercing the sod,
Clothing the uncouth clod,
Hatched in the nest,
Fledged on the windy bough,
Strong on the wing:
There is no time like Spring that passes by,
Now newly born, and now
Hastening to die. 



Christina Georgina Rossetti

Poem Theme: Spring

Christina Georgina Rossetti's other poems:
  1. What Does The Donkey Bray About?
  2. No, Thank You John
  3. Twilight Night
  4. I Caught a Little Ladybird
  5. A Better Ressurection


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song")
  • Samuel Johnson Spring ("Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'd")
  • Gerard Hopkins Spring ("Nothing is so beautiful as spring")
  • William Morris Spring ("Spring am I, too soft of heart")
  • Isaac Rosenberg Spring ("I walk and wonder")
  • Andrew Lang Spring ("Now the bright crocus flames, and now")
  • Robert Anderson Spring ("The snow's dissolv'd, the chilly winter's fled")
  • Francis Ledwidge Spring ("Once more the lark with song and speed")
  • Thomas Nashe Spring ("Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king")
  • Janet Hamilton Spring ("Fairy Spring, in kirtle green")
  • Alfred Douglas Spring ("Wake up again, sad heart, wake up again!")
  • William Campbell Spring ("There dwells a spirit in the budding year")
  • Edna Millay Spring ("To what purpose, April, do you return again?")
  • James Percival Spring ("AGAIN the infant flowers of Spring")
  • Henry Timrod Spring ("Spring, with that nameless pathos in the air")
  • John Lapraik Spring ("THOU goddess of the blooming Spring")

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