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[Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894]
[Selected Works]
From Goblin Market, lines 183-197
"Laura and Lizzie Asleep"
Golden head by golden head,
Like two pigeons in one nest
Folded in each other's wings,
They lay down their curtained bed:
Like two blossoms on one stem
Like two flakes of new-fall'n snow,
Like two wands of ivory
Tipped with gold for awful kings.
Moon and stars gazed in at them,
Wind sang to them lullaby,
Lumbering owls forbore to fly,
Not a bat flapped to and fro
Round their nest:
Cheek to cheek and breast to breast
Locked together in one nest.
[Where to read more...]
* Christina Rossetti, a web page including biographical material, works,
and lots more...
* Goblin Market (complete text)
* Christina Rossetti, Selected Poetry
* Christina Rossetti, The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti, volume 1,
Rebecca Crump (Editor) (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1979)
* Christina Rossetti, The Poetical Works of Christina Rossetti, William
Michael Rossetti (Editor) (London: MacMillan, 1904, 1911)
* Jeannette Foster, Sex Variant Women in Literature (Tallahassee: Naiad
Press, 1956, 1985), pp. 74-76
* Georgina Battiscombe, Christina Rossetti: A Divided Life (London:
Constable, 1981)
* Kathleen Jones, Leaerning Not to Be First: The Life of Christina
Rossetti (Gloucestershire: Windrush Press, 1991)
* Dorothy Mermin, "Heroic Sisterhood in Goblin Market" Victorian Poetry
21 (Summer 1983), pp 107-118