Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti
Short Name: Christina Georgina Rossetti
Full Name: Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894
Birth Year: 1830
Death Year: 1894

Rossetti, Christina Georgina, daughter of Gabriel, and sister of Dante Gabriel and William Michael Rossetti, was born in London, Dec. 5, 1830, and received her education at home. Her published works include:—

(1) Goblin Market, and Other Poems, 1862; (2) The Prince's Progress, and Other Poems, 1866 ; (3) Poems, mainly a reprint of Nos. 1 and 2, 1875; (4) A Pageant, and Other Poems, 1881, &c.

In addition, Miss Rossetti has published several prose works, as:— Annus Domini (a book of prayers for every day in the year), 1874; Letter and Spirit of the Decalogue, 1883, and others. She has written very few hymns avowedly for church worship, but several centos have been compiled from her poems, and have passed into several hymn-books. These include:—

1. Dead is thy daughter, trouble not the Master. The raising of Jairus's daughter. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862, into Lyra Mystica, 1865.
2. God the Father, give us grace. Invocation of the Holy Trinity. From Lyra Mystica into the Savoy Hymnary, for use in the Chapel Koyai, Savoy (see No. 8 below).
3. I bore with thee long weary days and nights. The Love of Christ. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862, into Lyra Messianica, 1864.
4. I would have gone, God bade me stay. Resignation. From her Poems, Hymns, 1884, &c. 1875, into Horder's Congregational Hymns.
5. Once I thought to sit so high. A Body hast Thou prepared Me, or Passiontide. Contributed to Lyra Eucharistica, 1863.
6. The Advent moon shines cold and clear. Advent. From her Goblin Market, &c, 1862.
7 The flowers that bloom in sun and shade. The Eternity of God. In Mrs. C. Brock's Children's Hymn Book, 1881.
8. What are these that glow from afar? Martyrs. Part of the poem "We meet in joy though we part in sorrow," which appeared in Lyra Mystica, 1865, and then in Miss Rossetti's Prince's Progress, &c, 1866. It is the most widely used of her hymns. No. 2 above is also from the same poem.

Miss Rossetti's verses are profoundly suggestive and lyrical, and deserve a larger place than they occupy in the hymnody of the church. Her sonnets are amongst the finest in the English language. [Rev.W. Garrett Horder]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Rossetti, Christina G., p. 978, i. The following hymns by Miss Rossetti have recently come into common use:—
1. A burdened heart that bleeds and bears. [Lent.] In her Time Flies: A Reading Diary, ed. 1897, p. 59, for March 26; and her Verses, &c., ed. 1898, p. 113. Included in Church Hymns, 1903.
2. Give me the lowest place, not that I dare. [Humility.] From her Prince's Progress, 1866, p. 216.
3. In the bleak midwinter. [Christmas.] In her Poetical Works, 1904, p. 246, as "Before 1872"; repeated in The English Hymnal, 1906.
4. None other Lamb, none other Name. [Jesus, All, and in All] From her The Face of the Deep, &c, 1892 (3rd ed. 1895, p. 176); and her Verses, &c, 1898, p. 36. It is the second of two poetical meditations on Rev. v. 6. In Church Hymns, 1903.
5. The shepherds had an angel. [Christmas.] In her Poetical Works, 1904, p. 187, this is entitled "A Christmas Carol. For my Godchildren," and dated 6 October, 1856. Repeated in the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.
6. We know not a voice of that River. [The River of the Eternal City.] In The Face of the Deep, &c, 1892 (3rd ed. 1895, p. 523), as a poetical meditation on Rev, xxii. Also in her Verses, &c., 1898, p. 81.
Additional works by Miss Rossetti to those named on p. 978, i., include Time Flies A Reading Diary, 1885; Called to be Saints, 1881; Seek and Find, 1879; The Face of the Deep, A Devotional Commentary on the Apocalypse, 1892; and Verses ... reprinted fromCalled to be Saints, Time Flies, The Face of the Deep, 1893. It must be noted that (1) the hymn attributed to her, "Dead is thy daughter; trouble not the Master," is not by her, but by Mrs. C. F. Alexander, with whose name it appeared in Lyra Mystica, 1865; and (2) her “I would be gone; God bade me stay," is from her Prince's Progress, 1866, p. 204. Miss Rossetti d. Dec. 29, 1891.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English writer of romantic, devotional and children's poems, including "Goblin Market" and "Remember". She also wrote the words of two Christmas carols well known in Britain: "In the Bleak Midwinter", later set by Gustav Holst, Katherine Kennicott Davis, and Harold Darke, and "Love Came Down at Christmas", also set by Darke and other composers. She was a sister of the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and features in several of his paintings.

Texts by Christina Georgina Rossetti (49)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
ആ ഘോര ശീതകാലെ മഞ്ഞിൻ കാറ്റൂതി (Ā ghēāra śītakāle maññin kāṟṟūti)Christina Georgina Rossetti (Author)Malayalam2
Am I a stone, and not a sheepChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English3
Amo, je Kristnasko, terenvenis el ĉiel'Christina Georgina Rossetti (Author)Esperanto4
Before the paling of the starsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English2
Bread and milk for breakfastChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English3
Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is briefRossetti (Author)English3
Contempt and pangs and hauntingChristina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)2
Content to come, content to goChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English2
Does the road wind up hill all the way?Christina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English2
En la vintromezo Muĝis frosta vent'Christina Georgina Rossetti (Author)Esperanto2
Fly away, fly away over the seaChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English3
Frimas froids de l'hiverChristina Rossetti (Author)French2
Give me the lowest place, Not that I dareChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English2
How far is it to BethlehemChristina Rossetti (Author (st. 3))English1
I bore with thee long weary days and nightsChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English8
I have no wit, no words, no tearsChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)2
I would have gone, God bade me stayChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English3
If all were rain and never sunChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English4
In the bleak midwinterChristina Rossetti (Author)English77
Jerusalem is built of goldChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English3
ക്രി-സ്ത സ്നേഹം -വന്നല്ലോ! (Kri-sta snēhaṁ -vannallēā!)Christina Rossetti (Author)Malayalam2
Love came down at ChristmasChristina Rossetti (Author)English61
Love is the key of life and deathChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)2
None other Lamb, none other nameChristina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)English23
O Christ, my God, who seest the unseenChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)2
O ye who taste that love is sweetChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English7
Once I thought to sit so highChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
PrayersChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English2
Service and strength, God's angels and archangelsChristina Rossetti (Author)2
Sooner or later, yet at lastChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English3
Spring bursts todayChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English3
The Advent moon shines cold and clearChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English2
The dear old woman in the laneChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The flowers that bloom in sun and shadeChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English7
The peach-tree on the southern wallChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
The shepherds had an angelChristina Rossetti (Author)English23
The wise men left their countryChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)2
Therefore, O friend, I would not, if I mightChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English5
Thou who didst hang upon a barren treeChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English3
Unanswered yet? The prayer your lips have pleadedChristine Rossetti (Author)English1
ReadingsChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English1
We know not a voice of that riverChristina G. Rossetti (Author)English3
What are these that glow from afarChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English7
What can I give Him, poor as I am?Christina G. Rossetti (Author)English21
What do the stars doChristina G. Rossetti (Author)2
While Christ lay dead the widowed worldChristina Rossetti, 1830-1894 (Author)2
Who has seen the wind?Christina G. Rossetti (Author)English10
Wrens and robins in the hedgeChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)English3
Ya se abrió el cieloChristina Georgina Rossetti (Author)Spanish2

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