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Christina Rossetti: A Smile and a Sigh

A Smile and a Sigh

May 1868

A smile because the nights are short!
And every morning brings such pleasure
Of sweet love-making, harmless sport:
Love, that makes and finds its treasure;
Love, treasure without measure.
A sigh because the days are long!
Long long these days that pass in sighing,
A burden saddens every song:
While time lags who should be flying,
We live who would be dying.
Mother Country Christina Rossetti: Dead Hope