Reminiscing Rossetti



Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

Morning and evening

Maids heard the goblins cry:

“Come buy our orchard fruits,

Come buy, come buy:

Apples and quinces,

Lemons and oranges,

Plump unpeck’d cherries,

Melons and raspberries,

Bloom-down-cheek’d peaches,

Swart-headed mulberries,

Wild free-born cranberries,

Crab-apples, dewberries,

Pine-apples, blackberries,

Apricots, strawberries;—

All ripe together

In summer weather,—

Morns that pass by,

Fair eves that fly;

Come buy, come buy:

Our grapes fresh from the vine,

Pomegranates full and fine,

Dates and sharp bullaces,

Rare pears and greengages,

Damsons and bilberries,

Taste them and try:

Currants and gooseberries,

Bright-fire-like barberries,

Figs to fill your mouth,

Citrons from the South,

Sweet to tongue and sound to eye;

Come buy, come buy.”

Evening by evening

Among the brookside rushes,

Laura bow’d her head to hear,

Lizzie veil’d her blushes:

Crouching close together

In the cooling weather,

With clasping arms and cautioning lips,

With tingling cheeks and finger tips.

“Lie close,” Laura said,

Pricking up her golden head:

“We must not look at goblin men,

We must not buy their fruits:

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry thirsty roots?”

“Come buy,” call the goblins

Hobbling down the glen………..

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      As a little girl, I would love having my mom read me The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. One of my favorite bedtime stories! Getting ready for the onslaught of the Holidays always makes me reminisce on childhood memories, good or bad. And reminiscing on my old bedtime story about sadistic goblin men preying on innocence is perfect for this Halloween weekend!

🙂 Ash

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3 thoughts on “Reminiscing Rossetti

      1. This poem, “The Goblin Market,” was precious, too. Perfect for Halloween and children, too.
        In the “Colors” poem, she rhymes pink and a fountains brink, has clouds, a rose, and other parts of nature. 🙂


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