By Christina Rossetti* (1830-1894)

Supplemented with quotes from A Course in Miracles ~ Original Edition


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http://www.poetry-archive.com/d_pic.gifOES the road wind up-hill all the way?

Yes, to the very end.

ACIM OE CH 11 91 Yet consider this:  You are not guiltless in time, but in eternity. You have "sinned" in the past, but there is no past. Always has no direction. Time seems to go in one direction, but when you reach its end, it will roll up like a long carpet which has spread along the past behind you and will disappear. As long as you believe the Son of God is guilty, you will walk along this carpet, believing that it leads to death. And the journey will seem long and cruel and senseless, for so it is.

Will the day's journey take the whole long day?

From morn to night, my friend.

ACIM OE CH 16 41 The journey that seemed to be endless is almost complete, for what is endless is very near. You have almost recognized it. Turn with me firmly away from all illusions now, and let nothing stand in the way of truth. We will take the last foolish journey away from truth together, and then together we go straight to God in joyous answer to His call for His completion.

But is there for the night a resting-place?

A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.

ACIM LESSON 109 1 We ask for rest today and quietness unshaken by the world's appearances. We ask for peace and stillness in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams. We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow. And we have the thought that will answer our asking with what we request. 2 "I rest in God." This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek.

May not the darkness hide it from my face?

You cannot miss that inn.

ACIM OE CH 4 17 The word "inevitable" is fearful to the ego but joyous to the Soul. God is inevitable, and you cannot avoid Him any more that He can avoid you. The ego is afraid of the Soul's joy because, once you have experienced it, you will withdraw all protection from the ego and become totally without the investment in fear. Your investment is great now because fear is a witness to the separation, and your ego rejoices when you witness to it. Leave it behind! Do not listen to it, and do not preserve it. Listen only to God, Who is as incapable of deception as are the Souls He created.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?

Those who have gone before.

ACIM OE CH 16 29 Have no fear that the attraction of those who stand on the other side and wait for you will not draw you safely across. For you will come where you would be and where your Self awaits you. 

Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?

They will not keep you standing at that door.

ACIM OE CH 10 36 Christ is at God's altar, waiting to welcome His Son. But come wholly without condemnation, for otherwise you will believe that the door is barred and you cannot enter. The door is not barred, and it is impossible for you to be unable to enter the place where God would have you be. But love yourself with the love of Christ, for so does your Father love you. You can refuse to enter, but you cannot bar the door which Christ holds open. Come unto me who holds it open for you, for while I live it cannot be shut, and I live forever. God is my life and yours, and nothing is denied by God to His Son.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?

Of labour you shall find the sum.

ACIM OE CH 10, 23 When you are weary, remember you have hurt yourself. Your Comforter will rest you, but you cannot. You do not know how, for if you did you could never have grown weary. Unless you have hurt yourselves, you could never suffer in any way, for that is not God's Will for His Son. Pain is not of Him, for He knows no attack and His peace surrounds you silently. God is very quiet, for there is no conflict in Him. Conflict is the root of all evil, for being blind, it does not see whom it attacks. Yet it always attacks the Son of God, and the Son of God is you.

ACIM OE CH 10, 24 God's Son is indeed in need of comfort, for he knows not what he does, believing his will is not his own. The Kingdom is his, and yet he wanders homelessly. At home in God, he is lonely, and amid all his brothers, he is friendless. Would God let this be real if He did not will to be alone Himself? And if your will is His, it cannot be true of you because it is not true of Him. Oh, my children, if you knew what God wills for you, your joy would be complete! And what He wills has happened, for it was always true.

Will there be beds for me and all who seek?

Yea, beds for all who come.

ACIM OE CH 10, 30 All your brothers must enter with you, for until you have accepted them, you cannot enter. For you cannot understand Wholeness unless you are whole, and no part of the Son can be excluded if he would know the Wholeness of his Father. In your mind, you can accept the whole Sonship and bless it with the light your Father gave it. Then you will be worthy to dwell in the temple with Him because it is your will not to be alone. God blessed His Son forever. If you will bless him in time, you will be in eternity. Time cannot separate you from God if you use it on behalf of the eternal.


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*Christine Rossetti (1830-1894) EXCERPT from Poets.org: Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics. Her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling. Rossetti’s best-known work, Goblin Market and Other Poems, was published in 1862. The collection established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry. The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems, appeared in 1866 followed by Sing-Song, a collection of verse for children, in 1872 (with illustrations by Arthur Hughes).    

BIO: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/christina-rossetti

Editor's Note: UPHILL was referenced in a little known and rare book, "The Dissolving Veil", written in 1966 by Helen Greaves. This is one of several books written by Helen and is a autobiographical sketch of how she developed the ability to telepathically communicate with those who have passed 'beyond the veil'. Local libraries can retreive it by using this listing as it appears in the World Catalogue database: http://bitly.com/WorldCat-DissolvingVeil Helen also scribed her dialogues with a dear friend who had passed over in 1965 and published them in her book, "Testimony of Light". That book is available in the Kindle store and as a paperback.   


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