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Short poem

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)


              1Remember me when I am gone away,
              2      Gone far away into the silent land;
              3      When you can no more hold me by the hand,
              4Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
              5Remember me when no more day by day
              6      You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
              7      Only remember me; you understand
              8It will be late to counsel then or pray.
              9Yet if you should forget me for a while
            10      And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
            11      For if the darkness and corruption leave
            12      A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
            13Better by far you should forget and smile
            14      Than that you should remember and be sad.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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).
First publication date: 1862
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.301.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: 1849
Rhyme: abbaabbacddece

Other poems by Christina Rossetti