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Poems by Christina G. Rossetti

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A PRODIGAL SON.

Does that lamp still burn in my Father’s house,
  Which he kindled the night I went away?
I turned once beneath the cedar boughs,
  And marked it gleam with a golden ray;
  Did he think to light me home some day?

Hungry here with the crunching swine,
  Hungry harvest have I to reap;
In a dream I count my Father’s kine,
  I hear the tinkling bells of his sheep,
  I watch his lambs that browse and leap.

There is plenty of bread at home,
  His servants have bread enough and to spare;
The purple wine-fat froths with foam,
  Oil and spices make sweet the air,
  While I perish hungry and bare.

Rich and blessed those servants, rather
  Than I who see not my Father’s face!
I will arise and go to my Father:—
  “Fallen from sonship, beggared of grace,
  Grant me, Father, a servant’s place.”

 


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