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by Christina Georgina Rossetti

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > Christina Georgina Rossetti > Who Hath Despised the Day of Small Things? Who Hath Despised the Day of Small Things?
Christina Georgina Rossetti
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When I Am Dead, My Dearest
by Christina Georgina Rossetti

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.

 

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