Christina Rossetti 1

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Welcome back to AO Notes after our summer sabbatical! I plan to give you some glimpses of several authors I have been reading over the summer.

One is the English poet Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). For decades after her death, she was largely overlooked during the rise of Modernism (where logic reigned supreme and spiritual qualities were denigrated). But in recent decades, Rossetti’s devotional writings and deep love of God are being rediscovered and increasingly appreciated. She is being favorably compared with another famous English poet, Elizabeth Browning.

In one of her poems, Rossetti says to God:

“Thy lovely saints do bring Thee love,
Incense and joy and gold”.

But then she describes her own feelings as:

“I … Have brought Thee sins and tears;
Yet I too bring a little love
Amid my flaws and fears.
A trembling love that faints and fails
Yet still is love of Thee,
A wondering love that hopes and hails
Thy boundless Love of me; ”

Coffee ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: Rossetti contrasts God’s “lovely saints” who bring him love and gold, with her own bringing of “sins and tears” to God, who yet receives her as she is, with boundless love. How does Rossetti’s description of God’s grace and love offer you encouragement to come with honesty to him, as you are?

John

Ref: Poem “The Ransomed of the Lord” by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)

September 3rd, 2018

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