by CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (1830-1894)
A reading featuring voice artist Tracey Kummrow
Come to me in the silence of the night;
Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
As sunlight on a stream;
Come back in tears,
O memory, hope, love of finished years.
O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,
Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet;
Where thirsting longing eyes
Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.
Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
My very life again though cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams, that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low
As long ago, my love, how long ago.
Youngest child of an Italian father, Gabriele, and Italian/English mother, Frances (Polidori). Christina was born on December 5, 1830 in London, England, where she would spend most of her life. continued