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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)

From ‘Poems’

DOES the road wind up-hill all the way?—

Yes, to the very end.

Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?—

From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?—

A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.

May not the darkness hide it from my face?—

You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?—

Those who have gone before.

Then must I knock, or call, when just in sight?—

They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?—

Of labor you shall find the sum.

Will there be beds for me and all who seek?—

Yea, beds for all who come.