Christina Rossetti: Remember

Remember

Sonnet

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