The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All Weareth, All Wasteth

Vigil of the Annunciation

Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), Before 1893

See: Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

Source: The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, with a Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti (1904), page 173.

All weareth, all wasteth,
All flitteth, all hasteth,
All of flesh and time:

Sound, sweet heavenly chime,
Ring in the unutterable eternal prime.

Man hopeth, man feareth,
Man droopeth:
Christ cheereth,
Compassing release,
Comforting with peace,
Promising rest where strife and anguish cease.

Saints waking, saints sleeping,
Rest well in safe keeping;
Well they rest today
While they watch and pray

But their tomorrow's rest what tongue shall say?

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