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Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti
Short Name: Christina Georgina Rossetti
Full Name: Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894
Birth Year: 1830
Death Year: 1894

Rossetti, Christina Georgina, daughter of Gabriel, and sister of Dante Gabriel and William Michael Rossetti, was born in London, Dec. 5, 1830, and received her education at home. Her published works include:—

(1) Goblin Market, and Other Poems, 1862; (2) The Prince's Progress, and Other Poems, 1866 ; (3) Poems, mainly a reprint of Nos. 1 and 2, 1875; (4) A Pageant, and Other Poems, 1881, &c.

In addition, Miss Rossetti has published several prose works, as:— Annus Domini (a book of prayers for every day in the year), 1874; Letter and Spirit of the Decalogue, 1883, and others. She has written very few hymns avowedly for church worship, but several centos have been compiled from her poems, and have passed into several hymn-books. These include:—

1. Dead is thy daughter, trouble not the Master. The raising of Jairus's daughter. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862, into Lyra Mystica, 1865.
2. God the Father, give us grace. Invocation of the Holy Trinity. From Lyra Mystica into the Savoy Hymnary, for use in the Chapel Koyai, Savoy (see No. 8 below).
3. I bore with thee long weary days and nights. The Love of Christ. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862, into Lyra Messianica, 1864.
4. I would have gone, God bade me stay. Resignation. From her Poems, Hymns, 1884, &c. 1875, into Horder's Congregational Hymns.
5. Once I thought to sit so high. A Body hast Thou prepared Me, or Passiontide. Contributed to Lyra Eucharistica, 1863.
6. The Advent moon shines cold and clear. Advent. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862.
7 The flowers that bloom in sun and shade. The Eternity of God. In Mrs. C. Brock's Children's Hymn Book, 1881.
8. What are these that glow from afar? Martyrs. Part of the poem "We meet in joy though we part in sorrow," which appeared in Lyra Mystica, 1865, and then in Miss Rossetti's Prince's Progress, &c, 1866. It is the most widely used of her hymns. No. 2 above is also from the same poem.

Miss Rossetti's verses are profoundly suggestive and lyrical, and deserve a larger place than they occupy in the hymnody of the church. Her sonnets are amongst the finest in the English language. [Rev.W. Garrett Horder]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Rossetti, Christina G., p. 978, i. The following hymns by Miss Rossetti have recently come into common use:—
1. A burdened heart that bleeds and bears. [Lent.] In her Time Flies: A Reading Diary, ed. 1897, p. 59, for March 26; and her Verses, &c., ed. 1898, p. 113. Included in Church Hymns, 1903.
2. Give me the lowest place, not that I dare. [Humility.] From her Prince's Progress, 1866, p. 216.
3. In the bleak midwinter. [Christmas.] In her Poetical Works, 1904, p. 246, as "Before 1872"; repeated in The English Hymnal, 1906.
4. None other Lamb, none other Name. [Jesus, All, and in All] From her The Face of the Deep, &c, 1892 (3rd ed. 1895, p. 176); and her Verses, &c, 1898, p. 36. It is the second of two poetical meditations on Rev. v. 6. In Church Hymns, 1903.
5. The shepherds had an angel. [Christmas.] In her Poetical Works, 1904, p. 187, this is entitled "A Christmas Carol. For my Godchildren," and dated 6 October, 1856. Repeated in the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.
6. We know not a voice of that River. [The River of the Eternal City.] In The Face of the Deep, &c, 1892 (3rd ed. 1895, p. 523), as a poetical meditation on Rev, xxii. Also in her Verses, &c., 1898, p. 81.
Additional works by Miss Rossetti to those named on p. 978, i., include Time Flies A Reading Diary, 1885; Called to be Saints, 1881; Seek and Find, 1879; The Face of the Deep, A Devotional Commentary on the Apocalypse, 1892; and Verses ... reprinted fromCalled to be Saints, Time Flies, The Face of the Deep, 1893. It must be noted that (1) the hymn attributed to her, "Dead is thy daughter; trouble not the Master," is not by her, but by Mrs. C. F. Alexander, with whose name it appeared in Lyra Mystica, 1865; and (2) her “I would be gone; God bade me stay," is from her Prince's Progress, 1866, p. 204. Miss Rossetti d. Dec. 29, 1891.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for writing Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.

Texts by Christina Georgina Rossetti (45)sort descendingAsInstances
Am I a stone, and not a sheepChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Amo, je Kristnasko, terenvenis el ĉiel'Christina Georgina Rossetti (Author)4
Before the paling of the starsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Bread and milk for breakfastChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is briefChristina G. Rossetti (Author)3
Contempt and pangs and hauntingChristina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)2
Content to come, content to goChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
En la vintromezo Muĝis frosta vent'Christina Rossetti (Author)2
Fly away, fly awayChristina G. Rossetti (Author)1
Frimas froids de l'hiverChristina Rossetti (1830-1894) (Author)2
Give me the lowest placeChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
How far is it to BethlehemChristina Rossetti (Author (st. 3))1
I bore with thee long weary days and nightsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)5
I have no wit, no words, no tearsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
I would have gone, God bade me stayChristina G. Rosetti (Author)2
If all were rain and never sunChristina G. Rossetti (Author)3
In the bleak midwinterChristina G. Rossetti (Author)59
Jerusalem is built of goldChristina G. Rossetti (Author)3
Love came down at ChristmasChristina G. Rossetti (Author)52
Love is the key of life and deathChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)2
None other Lamb, none other nameChristina Georgina Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)20
O Christ, my God, who seest the unseenChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
O ye who taste that love is sweetChristina G. Rossetti (Author)6
Once I thought to sit so highChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
PrayersChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Service and strength, God's angels and archangelsChristina Rossetti, 1830-94 (Author)2
Sooner or later, yet at lastChristina G. Rossetti (1830-1894) (Author)3
Spring bursts todayChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The Advent moon shines cold and clearChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The dear old woman in the laneChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The flowers that bloom in sun and shadeChristina G. Rossetti, 1878 (Author)5
The peach-tree on the southern wallChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The shepherds had an angelChristina Georgina Rossetti, 1830 - 1894 (Author)17
The wise men left their countryChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Therefore, O friend, I would not, if I mightChristina Rossetti (Author)4
Thou who didst hang upon a barren treeChristina G. Rossetti (Author)3
ReadingsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)1
We know not a voice of that riverChristina G. Rossetti (Author)3
What are these that glow from afarChristina G. Rosetti (Author)4
What can I give him, poor as I am?Christina G. Rossetti (Author)17
What do the stars doChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
While Christ lay dead the widowed worldChristina Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)2
Who has seen the windChristina G. Rossetti (Author)7
Wrens and robins in the hedgeChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
Ya se abrió el cieloChristina Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)2

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