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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Up-hill
By Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
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?        5
    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.        10
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 labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?        15
    Yea, beds for all who come.
 
 
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