A Testimony

Christina Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849 August
Rhyme: a4b4b4a4 c4c4
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Germ text.

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

August 1849

Printing History

First printed in The Germ 2, pages 73-75.


The poem scatters biblical references throughout. It is of course a recapitulation of Ecclesiastes.

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