February 13, 2012

Twice - Christina Rossetti

I took my heart in my hand
(O my love, O my love); 
I said: Let me fall or stand,
Let me live or die, 
But this once hear me speak-
(O my love, O my love)-
Yet a woman's words are weak;
You should speak, not I.

You took my heart in your hand
With a friendly smile,
With a critical eye you scanned,
Then set it down,
And said: It is still unripe,
Better wait awhile,
Wait while the skylarks pipe,
Til the corn grows brown

As you set it down it broke-
Broke, but I did not wince;
I smiled at the speech you spoke,
At your judgment that I heard:
But I have not often smiled 
Since then, nor questioned since,
Nor cared for corn-flowers wild,
Nor sung with the singing bird.

I take my heart in my hand, 
O my God, O my God,
My broken heart in my hand:
Thou hast seen, judge Thou
My hope was written on sand,
O my God, O my God:
Now let Thy judgment stand,
Yea, judge me now.

This contemned of a man,
This marred heedless one day,
This heart take Thou to scan
Both within and without:
Refine with fire its gold,
Purge Thou with dross away-
Yea, hold it in Thy hold, 
Whence none can pluck it out.

I take my heart in my hand-
I shall not die, but live-
Before Thy face I stand;
I, for Thou callest such:
All that I have I bring,
All that I am I give,
Smile Thou and I shall sing,
But shall not question much.

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