Christina Rossetti: A Summer Wish

A Summer Wish

Live all thy sweet life thro',   Sweet Rose, dew-sprent, Drop down thine evening dew To gather it anew When day is bright:   I fancy thou wast meant Chiefly to give delight.
Sing in the silent sky,   Glad soaring bird; Sing out thy notes on high To sunbeam straying by Or passing cloud;   Heedless if thou art heard Sing thy full song aloud.
Oh that it were with me   As with the flower; Blooming on its own tree For butterfly and bee Its summer morns:   That I might bloom mine hour A rose in spite of thorns.
Oh that my work were done   As birds' that soar Rejoicing in the sun: That when my time is run And daylight too,   I so might rest once more Cool with refreshing dew.