A Better Ressurrection by Christina Georgina Rossetti – Mystic Monday

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A Better Ressurection

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numbed too much for hopes or fears.
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,
My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall–the sap of spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perished thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.

— Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-better-resurrection]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to A Better Ressurrection by Christina Georgina Rossetti – Mystic Monday

  1. It’s sad that less talented male poets are remembered today while female poets like Christina Rossetti, who came from a family of poets, are not. She is one of my favorite poets because she knew how to reach the heart of her readers without seemingly trying. Thanks for posting one of her gems.

  2. Denise says:

    A beautiful poetic reflection.

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