At Home

By Christina Rossetti

When I was dead, my spirit turned

To seek the much-frequented house:

I passed the door, and saw my friends

Feasting beneath green orange boughs; 

From hand to hand they pushed the wine, 

They sucked the pulp of plum and peach; 

They sang, they jested, and they laughed,

For each was loved of each.

I listened to thier honest chat:

Said one: “To-morrow we shall be

Plod plod along the featureless sands, 

And coasting miles and miles of sea.” 

Said one: “Before the turn of tide

We will achieve the eyrie-seat.” 

Said one: “To-morrow shall be like

To-day, but much more sweet.”

“To-morrow,” said they, strong with hope, 

And dwelt upon the pleasant way: 

“To-morrow,” cried they, one and all, 

While no one spoke of yesterday.

Their life stood full at blessed noon; 

I, only I, had passed away: 

“To-morrow and to-day,” they cried;

I was of yesterday.

I shivered comfortless, but cast

No chill across the table-cloth; 

I, all-forgotten, shivered, sad

To stay, and yet to part how loth: 

I passed from the familiar room, 

I who from love had passed away,

Like the remembrance of a guest

That tarrieth but a day. 

 

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