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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Time Flies. XII. “Sorrow hath a double voice”

Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

September 25

SORROW hath a double voice,

Sharp to-day but sweet to-morrow:

Wait in patience, hope, rejoice,

Tried friends of sorrow.

Pleasure hath a double taste,

Sweet to-day, but sharp to-morrow:

Friends of pleasure, rise in haste,

Make friends with sorrow.

Pleasure set aside to-day

Comes again to rule to-morrow:

Welcomed sorrow will not stay,

Farewell to sorrow!