Christina Rossetti: Remember

Christina Rossetti was a great Victorian poet of love and loss who lived her life in the shadow of her more illustrious father, Gabriele Rossetti.

Her mother, Frances, was the sister of Dr John Polidori, the friend of Lord Byron who was present at the Villa Diodati on the night that Mary Shelley first conceived the idea of Frankenstein.

Christina Rossetti is best known now for composing the words to what would later become the Christmas Carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and for the short poem that follows:

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 we planned:
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 I once had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than you should remember and be sad.

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