Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A BETTER RESURRECTION, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI

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A BETTER RESURRECTION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have no wit, no words, no tears
Last Line: O jesus, drink of me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Faith; Gays & Lesbians; Jesus Christ; Pain; Belief; Creed; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Suffering; Misery

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numb'd too much for hopes or fears;
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm'd with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,
My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall -- the sap of Spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish'd thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.

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