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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Birthday
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
From ‘Poems’

MY heart is like a singing bird
    Whose next is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
    Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell        5
    That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
    Because my love is come to me.
 
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
    Hang it with vair and purple dyes;        10
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
    And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
    In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys:
Because the birthday of my life        15
    Is come, my love is come to me.
 
 
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