Good Friday Poem – Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Here is a poem for Good Friday.

“GOOD FRIDAY” – by Christina G. Rossetti

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky.
A horror of great darkness at broad noon –
I, only I.

Yet give not o’er
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.


(Note: Christina Rossetti is perhaps best known for her Christmas poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter”.)

Click here for Good Friday Poems by George Herbert.
Click here for A Wintry Sonnet by Christina Rossetti.
Click here for poems by Ray Fowler.


  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Wow. I really liked this. I think I need to go purchase one of her books. Does she have books? I’ve read several of her poems and been moved by them all. Anyone know where I can find her work?

  2. Ray Fowler says:


    I know, isn’t that an incredible poem? I enjoyed it on the first read and have come back to it several times and still keep finding new things in it. Here are a couple links to some books if you want to explore her work further:

    The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics); Paperback; 1312 pages

    Rossetti: Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets); Hardcover; 256 pages

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  1. Good Friday Poems by George Herbert at Ray Fowler .org
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