Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FROM THE ANTIQUE (2), by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI

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FROM THE ANTIQUE (2), by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's a weary life, it is, she said
Last Line: Would make and weary and fall asleep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Lament; Life; Women

It's a weary life, it is, she said: --
Doubly blank in a woman's lot:
I wish and I wish I were a man:
Or, better than any being, were not:

Were nothing at all in all the world,
Not a body and not a soul:
Not so much as a grain of dust
Or drop of water from pole to pole.

Still the world would wag on the same,
Still the seasons go and come:
Blossoms bloom as in days of old,
Cherries ripen and wild bees hum.

None would miss me in the world,
How much less would care or weep:
I should be nothing, while all the rest
Would make and weary and fall asleep.

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