Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was an English poet whose first poems were published when she was 18. Many of her poems were religious in nature and at least two have been set to music, “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Love Came Down at Christmas.”

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  • Ascension Day

    “A cloud received him out of their sight.”
    —Acts 1:9


    When Christ went up to Heaven the Apostles stayed
    Gazing at Heaven with souls and wills on fire,
    Their hearts on flight along the track He made,
    Winged by desire.

    Their silence spake: “Lord, why not follow Thee?
    Home is not home without Thy Blessed Face,
    Life is not life. Remember, Lord, and see,
    Look back, embrace.

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