I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin, sing:
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.
“Christina Rossetti” – black chalk touched with white, 1848, by her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti(1828-1882)
“Snowdrops and crocusses” – colour aquatint, 1804, by William Ward (1766-1826) from a coloured drawing by Abraham Pether (1756-1812)