Christina Rossetti quote

"I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one: Sing robin, sing: I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring."

Christina Rossetti

Born: December 5, 1830

Die: December 29, 1894

Occupation: Poet

Comment

More quotes of Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti

Trust me, I have not earned your dear rebuke, I love, as you would have me, God the most; Would lose not Him, but you, must one be lost, Nor with Lot's wife cast back a faithless look Unready to forego...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

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...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Not as she is, but as she fills his dream

Read more


Christina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Oh roses for the flush of youth, And laurel for the perfect prime; But pluck an ivy branch for me Grown old before my time.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, Snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb. If I were a Wise Man I would do my part. Yet what can I give Him? I give Him my heart.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Born in a stable, Cradled in a manger, In the world His hands have made, Born a stranger.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet: And if thou wilt, remember, And...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts, and no one to thank.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Hope dead lives nevermore, No, not in heaven.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

This life is but the passage of a day, This life is but a pang and all is over; But in the life to come which fades not away Every love shall abide and every lover.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

We must not look at goblin men, We must not buy their fruits: Who knows upon what soil they fed Their hungry thirsty roots?

Read more


Christina Rossetti

And may you happy live, And long us bless.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

My heart is breaking for a little love

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Christmas hath a darkness; Brighter than the blazing noon; Christmas hath a chillness Warmer than the heat of June, Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show: For Christmas bringeth...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

I lock my door upon myself, And bar them out; but who shall wall Self from myself, most loathed of all?

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you'd say, 'Where? What?' and turn away.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Obedience is the fruit of faith; patience is the early blossom on the tree of faith.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

January cold and desolate; February dripping wet; March wind ranges; April changes; Birds sing in tune To flowers of May, And sunny June Brings longest day; In scorched July The storm-clouds fly, Lightning-torn; August...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Obedience is the fruit of faith.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Spring is when life's alive in everything.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Gone were but the Winter, Come were but the Spring, I would go to a covert Where the birds sing; Where in the whitethorn Singeth a thrush, And a robin sings In the holly-bush. Full of fresh...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one: Sing robin, sing: I still am sore in...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Spring bursts today, For love is risen and all the earth's at play.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

A man is ever apt to contemplate himself out of all proportion to his surroundings.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

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,...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Lie still, lie still, my breaking heart; My silent heart, lie still and break: Life, and the world, and mine own self, are changed For a dream's sake.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth.

Read more


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;...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Choose love not in the shallows but in the deep.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

For one man is my world of all the men this wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

What is the beginning? Love. What is the course. Love still. What the goal. The goal is love.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Fair as the moon and joyful as the light; Tot wan with waiting, not with sorrow dim; Not as she is, but was when hope shone bright; Not as she is, but as she fills his dreams.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Silence is more musical than any song.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

O passing angel, speed me with a song, a melody of heaven to reach my heart and rouse me to the race and make me strong.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

O Lord, I cannot plead my love of Thee: I plead Thy love of me: - the shallow conduit hails the unfathomed sea.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Hope is like a hairball trembling from its birth...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

The downhill path is easy, but there's no turning back....

Read more


Christina Rossetti

What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow. What are brief? today and tomorrow. What are frail? spring blossoms and youth. What are deep? the ocean and truth.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

To me it seems our duty towards the Bible is to obey its teaching in faith. I do not think we are bound to understand or account for all its utterances.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

I believe because I am told to believe ... My faith is faith; it is not evolved out of argumentation, nor does it seek the aid of that.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Ah me, but where are now the songs I sang When life was sweet because you call’d them sweet?

Read more


Christina Rossetti

She cried, "Laura," up the garden, "Did you miss me? Come and kiss me. Never mind my bruises, Hug me, kiss me, suck my juices Squeezed from goblin fruits for you, Goblin pulp and goblin dew. Eat me, drink...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

I wish I could remember the first day, First hour, first moment of your meeting me; If bright or dim the season it might be; Summer or winter for aught I can say. So, unrecorded did it slip away, So...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

One day in the country Is worth a month in town

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Where are the songs I used to know, Where are the notes I used to sing? I have forgotten everything I used to know so long ago. ("The Key-Note")

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away, gone far away into the silent land.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Flowers preach to us if we will hear.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

All things that pass Are wisdom's looking-glass.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

The Bourne Underneath the growing grass, Underneath the living flowers, Deeper than the sound of showers: There we shall not count the hours By the shadows as they pass. Youth and health will be but vain,...

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Observe this dew-drenched rose of Tyrian gardens A rose today. But you will ask in vain Tomorrow what it is; and yesterday It was the dust, the sunshine, and the rains.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

Because the birthday of my life Is come, my love is come to me.

Read more


Christina Rossetti

To her whose heart is my heart's quiet home, To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome.

Read more



Related quote

Christina Rossetti

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one: Sing robin, sing: I still am sore in...

Read more


Frank O'Hara

If I am ever to find these trees meaningful I must have you by the hand. As it is, they stretch dusty fingers into an obscure sky, and the snow looks up like a face dirtied with tears. Should I cry out...

Read more


Rainer Maria Rilke

In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap,...

Read more


Charlotte Bronte

I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely:...

Read more


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair The bees are stirring, birds are on the wing, And Winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring.

Read more


Paulo Coelho

Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: "That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s...

Read more


Steven Erikson

A celebration of insignificance, Is that all we are in the end? And one day I’ll just be one more of those faces, frozen in death and wonder

Read more


William C. Bryant

The country ever has a lagging Spring, Waiting for May to call its violets forth, And June its roses-showers and sunshine bring, Slowly, the deepening verdure o'er the earth; To put their foliage out,...

Read more


Beverley Nichols

Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens, are are then prepared to ignore them until the spring. I am quite sure that a garden doesn't like to be ignored like this. It doesn't...

Read more


Hetti Perkins

So what is the Dreaming? I would say the Dreaming is a non-indigenous term used in its broadest sense to describe the stories of our ancestors and how they shaped the land and how they are still part of...

Read more


Mary E. Pearson

I decide that sometimes definitions are wrong. Even if they're written in a dictionary. Identities aren't always separate and distinct. Sometimes they ARE wrapped up with others. Sometimes, for a few minutes,...

Read more


Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spring TO what purpose, April, do you return again? Beauty is not enough. You can no longer quiet me with the redness Of little leaves opening stickily. I know what I know. The sun is hot on my neck as...

Read more


Alexander Pushkin

I've lived to bury my desires and see my dreams corrode with rust now all that's left are fruitless fires that burn my empty heart to dust. Struck by the clouds of cruel fate My crown of Summer bloom is...

Read more


Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know I am but summer to your heart, And not the full four seasons of the year; And you must welcome from another part Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear. No gracious weight of golden fruits to...

Read more


Muriel Barbery

I have read so many books. And yet, like most Autodidacts, I am never quite sure of what I have gained from them. There are days when I feel I have been able to grasp all there is know in one single gaze,...

Read more


Lew Wallace

Men speak of dreaming as if it were a phenomenon of night and sleep. They should know better. All results achieved by us are self-promised, and all self-promises are made in dreams awake. Dreaming is the...

Read more


Du Fu

Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure; And spring comes green again to trees and grasses Where petals have been shed like tears And lonely birds have sung their grief. ...After the...

Read more


Donald Miller

At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed and I know the chances of any of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, I need to know that God has things figured out, that if my math is...

Read more


Wallace Stegner

Pleasant things to hear, though hearing them from him embarrasses me. I soak up the praise but feel obliged to disparage the gift. I believe that most people have some degree of talent for something--forms,...

Read more


Zhuangzi

Yet the stupid believe they are awake, busily and brightly assuming they understand things, calling this man ruler, that one herdsman – how dense! Confucius and you are both dreaming! And when I say...

Read more


Andrew Young

When the long, varnished buds of beech Point out beyond their reach, And tanned by summer suns Leaves of bright bryony turn bronze, And gossamer floats bright and wet From trees that are their own sunset,...

Read more


“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss