Christina Rossetti’s “Echo”


Christina Rossetti’s “Echo”

Did another woodcut, this time of Christina Rossetti from a drawing by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I am an admirer of her “Goblin Market,” but her “Echo” is my favorite poem which I illustrated using the woodcut image. I also used the image for her poem, “A Birthday”. A copy of each can be purchased at www.poeticexpressions,

                   Christina Rossetti

Come to me in the silence of the night;
     Come in the speaking 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 brimful of love abide and meet;
     Where thirsty 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.


About poeticmeditations

A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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