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,
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?