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Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

Song


When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie Nicola burkett (12/1/2006 7:00:00 AM)

    This is my absolute favorite C.Rossetti poem of all time.....
    This right here, is the reason i feel in love with poetry.
    R.I.P Christina, with eternal love, respect and gratitude
    Nickie x x (Report) Reply

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