When I am dead, my dearest

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.

 

By Christina Rossetti

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4 comments on “When I am dead, my dearest

  1. It seems Christina does not believe in an “afterlife”, or does she? Anyway, it’s a nice poem. Thanks for posting it. There’s a lot of her poetry I like, because it doesn’t repeat the same tired conventions of her time…

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