Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Day by Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti's Verses is like prayer book all it's own, with poems for most occasions. I should have started reading it through during Lent. Here is her poem for Easter Sunday.

Picture from here.

Easter Day

Words cannot utter
   Christ his returning:
Mankind, keep jubilee,
   Strip off your mourning,
Crown you with garlands,
   Set your lamps burning.

Speech is left speechless;
   Set you to singing,
Fling your hearts open wide,
   Set your bells ringing:
Christ the Chief Reaper
   Comes, His sheaf bringing.

Earth wakes her song-birds,
   Puts on her flowers,
Leads out her lambkins,
   Builds up her bowers:
This is man’s spousal day,
   Christ’s day and ours.

~Christina Rossetti

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