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The First Spring Day
Christina Rossetti





I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing, robin, sing;
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

I wonder if the springtide of this year
Will bring another Spring both lost and dear;
If heart and spirit will find out their Spring,
Or if the world alone will bud and sing:
Sing, hope, to me;
Sweet notes, my hope, soft notes for memory.

The sap will surely quicken soon or late,
The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;
So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,
Or in this world, or in the world to come:
Sing, voice of Spring,
Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.


This poem is in the public domain.


Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) was born in England to a family of great literary and artistic talent. A beauty who frequently modeled for her brother Dante and other respected artists of her day, Christina began writing as a child and published her first poem at eighteen. A kind-hearted woman who spent many years as a charity volunteer, Christina’s devout faith was often a central theme in the three books of poetry and four books of devotions she wrote during her life. Though her poems show up consistently in contemporary films, television shows, and musical compositions, her most familiar work is “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which, when set to music, became a beloved Christmas carol.




Post New Comment:
Helen Hyland:
With the world in chaos due to the greed of a few who want to dominate and overpower we need to hear Christina Rossetti's re-assuring words, based on her deep faith. Spring is with us once again and we look forward with hope.
Posted 04/03/2024 07:36 AM
Liz A:
After a year of sadness and heartache fir so many people, the reassurance that Spring will come with rebirth and resurgence, gives everyone hope. A beautiful poem for January. Liz Armstrong. 23/01/2021
Posted 01/23/2021 05:49 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Metrically elegant and emotionally resonant. A lovely lyric poem.
Posted 03/21/2015 12:26 PM
Sing, robin, sing; / I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.// Another winner, especially with the weather along the East Coast . . . snow fights on the first day of Spring.
Posted 03/21/2015 03:20 AM

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