Another Spring

Another Spring
If I might see another Spring, 
    I'd not plant summer flowers and wait: 
I'd have my crocuses at once, 
My leafless pink mezereons, 
    My chill-veined snow-drops, choicer yet 
    My white or azure violet, 
Leaf-nested primrose; anything 
    To blow at once, not late. 

If I might see another Spring 
    I'd listen to the daylight birds 
That build their nests and pair and sing, 
Nor wait for mateless nightingale; 
    I'd listen to the lusty herds, 
    The ewes with lambs as white as snow, 
I'd find out music in the hail 
    And all the winds that blow. 

If I might see another Spring - 
    Oh stinging comment on my past 
That all my past results in “if” -
    If I might see another Spring, 
I'd laugh to-day, to-day is brief; 
I would not wait for anything: 
    I'd use to-day that cannot last, 
    Be glad to-day and sing.
Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti was born in London in 1830. Her father was the poet Gabriele Rossetti and her brother was the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A significant female Victorian poet, she is perhaps best known for her Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862). She died in 1894.

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