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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Song: ‘When I am dead, my dearest’
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
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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