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From “Later Life”

Written by: Christina Rossetti | Biography
 | Quotes (8) |
 VI
We lack, yet cannot fix upon the lack: 
Not this, nor that; yet somewhat, certainly. 
We see the things we do not yearn to see 
Around us: and what see we glancing back? 
Lost hopes that leave our hearts upon the rack, 
Hopes that were never ours yet seem’d to be, 
For which we steer’d on life’s salt stormy sea 
Braving the sunstroke and the frozen pack. 
If thus to look behind is all in vain, 
And all in vain to look to left or right, 
Why face we not our future once again, 
Launching with hardier hearts across the main, 
Straining dim eyes to catch the invisible sight, 
And strong to bear ourselves in patient pain? 

IX
Star Sirius and the Pole Star dwell afar 
Beyond the drawings each of other’s strength: 
One blazes through the brief bright summer’s length 
Lavishing life-heat from a flaming car; 
While one unchangeable upon a throne 
Broods o’er the frozen heart of earth alone, 
Content to reign the bright particular star 
Of some who wander or of some who groan. 
They own no drawings each of other’s strength, 
Nor vibrate in a visible sympathy, 
Nor veer along their courses each toward 
Yet are their orbits pitch’d in harmony 
Of one dear heaven, across whose depth and length 
Mayhap they talk together without speech.



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