A luscious poem, A Birthday by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) and illustration by Florence Harrison. Published in 1910, The Poems of Christina Rossetti was Florence Harrison’s (1877-1955) first book of illustrations for Blackie and Sons. Savor it with me.

A Birthday
by Christina Georgina Rossetti
My heart is like a singing bird
                  Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
                  Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
                  That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
                  Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
                  Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
                  And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
                  In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
                  Is come, my love is come to me.

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