Christina Georgina Rossetti

Here you will find the Poem Aloof of poet Christina Georgina Rossetti


THE irresponsive silence of the land, 
   The irresponsive sounding of the sea, 
   Speak both one message of one sense to me:-- 
Aloof, aloof, we stand aloof, so stand 
Thou too aloof, bound with the flawless band 
   Of inner solitude; we bind not thee; 
   But who from thy self-chain shall set thee free? 
What heart shall touch thy heart? What hand thy hand? 
And I am sometimes proud and sometimes meek, 
   And sometimes I remember days of old 
When fellowship seem'd not so far to seek, 
   And all the world and I seem'd much less cold, 
   And at the rainbow's foot lay surely gold, 
And hope felt strong, and life itself not weak.