The Last Look - Christina Rossetti
Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who
wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for writing
Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.
Her face was like an opening rose,
So bright to look upon:
But now it is like fallen snows,
As cold, as dead, as wan.
Heaven lit with stars is more like her
Than is this empty crust:
Deaf, dumb, and blind, it cannot stir,
But crumbles back to dust.
No flower be taken from her bed
For me, no lock be shorn:
I give her up, the early dead,
The dead, the newly born.
If I remember her, no need
Of formal tokens set:
Of hollow token-lies indeed
No need, if I forget.