Christina Rossetti
Remember (1862)

 

Remember me when I am gone away,

 

Gone far away into the silent land;

 

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

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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

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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

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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.