Song (Oh! roses for the flush of youth)

Christina Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849 February
Rhyme: a4b4c4b3
Meter: iambic
Genre: song

Scholarly Commentary


As with all of CR's poems published in The Germ, this short piece appeared pseudonymously as the work of “Ellen Alleyn”. It was first reprinted in CR's Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862).

Textual History: Composition

February 1849

Textual History: Revision

In the manuscript of the poem (in the Bodleian library) the title is “A Song in a Song”, and it contains three stanzas prior to the two that comprise the printed version.

Printing History

First printed in The Germ 2, page 64.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1