I don’t remember much about Rossetti except her famous Goblin Market, a poem which is ostensibly about two children but was taught to me as R-rated verse! Here, though, is Rossetti at her innocent best, without any of that allusion and complex layering (as far as I can tell anyway). Nothing like a child’s poem to lift the tired spirit.
Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier than these.
There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.