Well, Thomas and I seem to have synched index numbers :) We apologize for the inconvenience.
(Poem #47) Uphill
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? 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 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? Yea, beds for all who come.
Again, there is very little to say about this poem - it speaks for itself. Like most of Rossetti's poems, it is characterized by a simple, lyrical style and a twilight-steeped atmosphere; note also the mildly unusual, but effective 'conversational' style. This was, incidentally, the poem that first won Rossetti favourable public attention. m.