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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
725. Up-Hill
 
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
 
DOES the road wind up-hill all the way?
  Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
  From morn to night, my friend.
 
But is there for the night a resting-place?        5
  A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
  You cannot miss that inn.
 
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
  Those who have gone before.        10
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
  They will not keep you standing at that door.
 
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
  Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?        15
  Yea, beds for all who come.
 

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