by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

My heart is like a singing bird
Language: English 
My heart is like a singing bird
  Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
  Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
  That paddles in a [purple]1 sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
  Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of [silk and down]2;
  Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
  And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
  In leaves and [silver]3 fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
  Is come, my love, is come to me.

R. Byrchmore sets stanza 1

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1 Aldridge, Hall: "halcyon"
2 Parry: "purple and gold"
3 Aldridge: "tiny"

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Albert Mallinson.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 108