A Bird Song

By Christina Rossetti

RossettiIt’s a year almost that I have not seen her:
Oh, last summer green things were greener,
Brambles fewer, the blue sky bluer.

It’s surely summer, for there’s a swallow:
Come one swallow, his mate will follow,
The bird race quicken and wheel and thicken.

Oh happy swallow whose mate will follow
O’er height, o’er hollow! I’d be a swallow,
To build this weather one nest together.



Today’s poem is in the public domain.


Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was an English poet. She is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics.
“A Bird Song” was first published in Scribner’s Monthly in January, 1873.


Christina Rossetti’s Complete Poems.