Remember

Christina Georgina Rossetti.
1830–1894

REMEMBER me when I am gone away,

  Gone far away into the silent land;

  When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

  You tell me of our future that you plann’d:

  Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

  And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

  For if the darkness and corruption leave

  A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

  Than that you should remember and be sad.

literature, poetry
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