A Summer Wish

Live all thy sweet life through,
Sweet Rose, dew-sprent,
Drop down thine evening dew
To gather it anew
When day is bright:
I fancy thou wast meant
Chiefly to give delight.


Sing in the silent sky,
Glad soaring bird;
Sing out thy notes on high
To sunbeam straying by
Or passing cloud;
Heedless if thou art heard
Sing thy full song aloud.


Oh that it were with me
As with the flower;
Blooming on its own tree
For butterfly and bee
Its summer morns:
That I might bloom mine hour
A rose in spite of thorns.


Oh that my work were done
As birds' that soar
Rejoicing in the sun:
That when my time is run
And daylight too,
I so might rest once more
Cool with refreshing dew.

by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Comments (5)

nice rhymes
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i love this poem it is great for many people
I love this poem, Langston Hughes is an amazing poet. This poem is also very beautiful, I love how Langston uses his words.
Wow! This may be one of the most incisive poems I've ever read about a woman. The unnoticed or undiscovered trait that makes a man turn and take a second look is the basis of this beautiful tribute to some quiet beauty. LH has contributed much that I have completely enjoyed, but this poem swept me off my feet. Another triumph in such a small package.