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    Christina Rossetti - When I Am Dead, My Dearest

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    Dame Peggy Ashcroft reads When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Christina Rossetti - From the 1984 series Six Centuries Of Verse

    When I Am Dead, My Dearest
    by Christina 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
    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;
    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,
    And haply may forget.