When I am dead, my dearest

Original Text: 
Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and other Poems (Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862). end R673 G63 1862 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Text from Christina Rossetti, Poems (1890).
2      Sing no sad songs for me;
3Plant thou no roses at my head,
4      Nor shady cypress tree:
5Be the green grass above me
6      With showers and dewdrops wet;
7And if thou wilt, remember,
8      And if thou wilt, forget.
9I shall not see the shadows,
10      I shall not feel the rain;
11I shall not hear the nightingale
12      Sing on, as if in pain:
13And dreaming through the twilight
14      That doth not rise nor set,
15Haply I may remember,
16      And haply may forget.


1] Christina's brother and editor, William Michael Rossetti, commented: "This celebrated lyric ... has perhaps been oftener quoted, and certainly oftener set to music, than anything else by Christina Rossetti." Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.300.