The Bourne

Christina Georgina Rossetti 1830 (London) – 1894 (London)



Underneath the growing grass,
Underneath the living flowers,
Deeper than the sound of showers:
There we shall not count the hours
By the shadows as they pass.

Youth and health will be but vain,
Beauty reckoned of no worth:
There a very little girth
Can hold round what once the earth
Seemed too narrow to contain.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 13, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBBA CDDDC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 321
Words 58
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 5, 5

Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote various romantic, devotional, and children's poems. "Goblin Market" and "Remember" remain famous. She wrote the words of two Christmas carols well known in the UK: "In the Bleak Midwinter", later set by Gustav Holst and by Harold Darke, and "Love Came Down at Christmas", set by Harold Darke and by other composers. more…

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