Littell's Living Age/Volume 131/Issue 1686/Song

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For other versions of this work, see Song ("When I am dead, my dearest").

Published in 1842, when Rossetti was 12.

1593067Littell's Living Age, Volume 131, Issue 1686 — SongChristina Rossetti


When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad song for me;
Plant 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 or set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply I may forget.

Carlotta Rossetti.

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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