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Poem Title:  A Birthday

Poem Category:  Wedding Poetry

Poet:  Christina Rossetti

Poet Biography: 
Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) was one of the most important 19th century female poets. For a full biography



Poem: 
Despite the unusual title this is indeed in the correct (wedding day) poetry category

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
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 fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

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