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Sara Teasdale, comp. (1884–1933).
The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women.  1917.
 
“When I Am Dead”
By Christina 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        5
  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;        10
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,        15
  And haply may forget.
 
 
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