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A Birthday
Christina Rossetti, 1861

1     My heart is like a singing bird
2         Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
3     My heart is like an apple-tree
4         Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
5     My heart is like a rainbow shell
6         That paddles in a halcyon sea;
7     My heart is gladder than all these
8         Because my love is come to me.

9     Raise me a dais of silk and down;
10       Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
11   Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
12       And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
13   Work it in gold and silver grapes,
14       In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
15   Because the birthday of my life
16       Is come, my love is come to me.