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The soul wherein her songs of death and birth,
Darkness and light, were wont to sound and blend,
Now silent, leaves the whole world less in worth.

Winds that make moan and triumph, skies that bend,
Thunders, and sound of tides in gulf and firth,
Spake through his spirit of speech, whose death should

Mourning on earth.


The world's great heart, whence all things strange and rare
Take form and sound, that each inseperate part
May bear its burden in all tuned thoughts that share
The world's great heart-

The fountain forces, whence like steeds that start
Leap forth the powers of earth and fire and air,
Seas that revolve and rivers that depart--

Spake, and were turned to song: yea, all they were,
With all their works, found in his mastering art
Speech as of powers whose uttered word laid bare
The world's great heart.


From the depths of the sea, from the wellsprings of earth, from the wastes of the midmost night,

From the fountains of darkness and tempest and thunder, from heights where the soul would be,

The spell of the mage of music evoked their sense, as an unknown light

From the depths of the sea.

As a vision of heaven from the hollows of ocean, that none but a god might see,

Rose out of the silence of things unknown of a presence, a form, a might,

And we heard as a prophet that hears God's message against him, and may not flee.

Eye might not endure it, but ear and heart with a rapture of dark delight,

With a terror and wonder whose core was joy, and a passion of thought set free,

Felt inly the rising of doom divine as a sundawn risen to sight

From the depths of the sea.


[A Century of Roundels, 1883.]



LOVE, out of the depth of things,
As a dewfall felt from above,
From the heaven whence only springs


Love, heard from the heights thereof,
The clouds and the watersprings,
Draws close as the clouds remove.

And the soul in it speaks and sings,
A swan sweet-souled as a dove,
An echo that only rings




FATE, out of the deep sea's gloom, When a man's heart's pride grows great, And nought seems now to foredoom Fate.

Fate, laden with fears in wait,

Draws close through the clouds that loom, Till the soul see, all too late,

More dark than a dead world's tomb,
More high than the sheer dawn's gate,
More deep than the wide sea's womb,


Christina Rossetti.

(Geb. 5. Dez. 1830, gest. 29. Dez. 1894, in London.)

Werke in Buchform.

1. Poetische Werke.

1847. Verses [Privatdruck].

1862. Goblin Market, and other Poems.
1866. The Prince's Progress, and other Poems.
1872. Sing-Song, a Nursery Rhyme Book.
1881. A Pageant, and other Poems.

1893. Verses.

1890 [Tit. 91], Poems, a new and enlarged Edition: enthält die Gedichte von 1862, 1866, 1881 nebst Zusätzen; die Bände von 1862 und 1866 waren (mit Zusätzen) bereits 1875 in einer Ausgabe u. d. Tit.: "Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress, and other Poems" vereinigt worden.

Zusammengestellt aus "Called to be Saints", "Time Flies", "The Face of the Deep".

1896. [postum:] New Poems, hitherto unpublished or uncollected, edited by William Michael Rossetti.

1904. The Poetical Works. With Memoir and Notes by W. M. Rossetti [7/6].

London, Macmillan & Co.

Erste Gesamtausgabe der poetischen Werke. In der Inhaltstabelle pg. XIII-XXXVII bei jedem Gedichte das Entstehungsdatum verzeichnet; in den Anmerkungen literarisch-bibliographische Nachweise.

2. Prosa.

(* Religiöse Meditationen.)

1870. Commonplace, and other Short Stories.

1874. Annus Domini. (*) Speaking Likenesses. 1879. Seek and Find. (*) 1881. Called to be Saints. (*) 1883. Letter and Spirit. (*) 1885. Time Flies. (*)

1892. The Face of the Deep. (*) 1897. [postum:] Maude.

Vergl. die Bibliographie der Werke und Einzeldrucke (sowie der Literatur über Chr. R.) von J. P. Anderson im Anhange zu Bell [s. u.], 1898; dieselbe verzeichnet jedoch nicht den Inhalt der einzelnen Sammlungen.

Biographien und literarische Studien.

Ellen Proctor, A Brief Memoir of Chr. R., with a Preface by W. M. Rossetti. 1895 [6 d.]. Mackenzie Bell, Chr. R., a Biographical and Critical Study. 1898 [12/6].

B. F. Westcott, An Appreciation of Chr. R. 1899 [4 d.]. Elizabeth Cary, The Rossetti's: Dante Gabriel, Christina. 1900 [18/-].

W. M. Rossetti, Memoir 1904 [in der Gesamtausgabe von 1904]. J. Breme, Chr. R. und der Einfluß der Bibel auf ihre Dichtung. 1907 [2 m.].

Münstersche Beiträge zur Englischen Literaturgeschichte, hrsg. von O. Jiriczek, Heft IV.

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