Beauty is Vain

I’ve never been a big fan of poetry because I’m one of those people who simply ‘don’t get it’. However, one poet I do love is Christina Rossetti who is more well known for Goblin Market and being the sister of painter Dante Rossetti. Here is one of her many poems that sings to me:

Beauty is Vain

Christina Rossetti

While Roses are so red,

While lilies are so white,

Shall a woman exalt her face

Because it gives delight?

She’s not so sweet as a rose,

A lily’s straighter than she,

And if she were as red or white

She’d be but one of three.

Whether she flush in love’s summer

Or in its winter grow pale,

Whether she flaunt her beauty

Or hide it away in a veil,

Be she red or white,

And stand she erect or bowed,

Time will win the race he runs with her

And hide her away in a shroud.

In support of National Poetry Month.

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8 comments

  1. I really only know ‘Goblin Market’, but I have to say, this one is very nice. And that coming from someone who really is not a lover of poetry. Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

    1. I love Rossetti’s poetry. Most of hers are a bit forlorn though and this was one of the more ‘cheerier’ ones. 🙂 Glad you liked it too.

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