A Birthday Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A Birthday

Rating: 3.1

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.

Cynthia Buhain-baello 07 July 2009

So eloquent and beautiful, like the songs of the sea, halcyon and placid.

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Emily Oldham 21 June 2009

I don't know what all of it means- what's a halycon sea? - but it paints a picture in my mind anyway, no matter how inaccurate. Beautiful imagery. Another of my favourite.

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kim, jung-eun 18 February 2021

halycon means calm^^

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 24 December 2014

Love to one's own birthday expressed in the poem and it is good.

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Alisha Castle 10 February 2016

Nice similarities of heart with various natural objects, it's a nice poetry work by by one of my favorite author.

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Santhi Janardanan 29 March 2024

Beautiful poem! Heartfelt and written so well.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 March 2024

celebratesThis beautiful poem is chosen again in such a short time, sublimest! Love fulfilled, the joy of companionship, and the beauty found in life's special moments.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 28 March 2024

My heart is like a singing bird....all other lines revolve around this line. A lovely poem....timeless!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 March 2024

A very beautiful poem as The Classic Poem Of The Day.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 19 March 2024

SEVEN: Its ringing melody and timeless themes continue to captivate readers and adorn greeting cards and wedding invitations alike. Really a beautiful poem.5 *****

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