Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
On 5 December 1830, the English poet and writer, Christina Rossetti was born. Having a big reputation in a past century doesn’t guarentee that anyone reads you today. For proof of this see a previous blog post The 100 Best Novels, a list from 1898. Many names on this list are completely unknown to me. But even after 120+ years Rossetti has never been forgotten. And quite rightly. Perhaps you remember her for her romantic poetry? Her spirited ballads? Christian publications? Or her children’s poems? She is probably best known today for writing the words to what has become one of the most popular Christmas carols, In the Bleak Midwinter. This is a short post, merely intended to give you a “taster” or a reminder of some of her wonderful work.
VIDEO BELOW: Gloucester Cathedral Choir sing In the Bleak Midwinter (words by Christina Rossetti).
Excerpt from the poem: Love Came Down at Christmas by Christina Rossetti.
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
VIDEO BELOW: Emma Fielding reading Remember by Christina Rossetti.
VIDEO BELOW: Brigitte Bordeau reading When I am dead, My Dearest by Christina Rossetti.
VIDEO BELOW: Excerpt from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
Note: This is an edited version of an earlier post.