Dream land

Dream land

Christina Rossetti is well known for her romantic, devotional and children’s poems. This is all about her poem Dream land.

About the poet

Rossi was born as a daughter of William Michael Rossetti and Maria Francesca Rossetti. Father Rossetti was a art critic who had to flee from Italy. Together with her brother, the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the family lived in London.

Under the name Ellen Allayne she published in the literaire magazine The Germ in 1850. Almost twelve years later her first book was published, Goblin Market and Other Poems. In this book were not only her poems, but also stories and fairytales. Even though this was a children’s book, the stories were very intense. This is why Rossetti is considered one of the mystique English poets, next to John Donne and William Blake.

Dream land

Dream land


By Christina Rossetti


Where sunless rivers weep
Their waves into the deep,
She sleeps a charmed sleep:
Awake her not.
Led by a single star,
She came from very far
To seek where shadows are
Her pleasant lot.


She left the rosy morn,
She left the fields of corn,
For twilight cold and lorn
And water springs.
Through sleep, as through a veil,
She sees the sky look pale,
And hears the nightingale
That sadly sings.


Rest, rest, a perfect rest
Shed over brow and breast;
Her face is toward the west,
The purple land.
She cannot see the grain
Ripening on hill and plain;
She cannot feel the rain
Upon her hand.


Rest, rest, for evermore
Upon a mossy shore;
Rest, rest at the heart’s core
Till time shall cease:
Sleep that no pain shall wake;
Night that no morn shall break
Till joy shall overtake
Her perfect peace.


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