"Uphill," A Poem By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
DOES the road wind uphill 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 waiting 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?
Yea, beds for all who come.
(Editor's Note: According to the devotionals, Love Came Down and A Time To Turn, edited by Christopher L. Webber, Christina Georgina Rossetti's best known hymn is the Christmas carol, "In The Bleak Mid-Winter;" but she wrote other books of hymns, poems and theology.)