Christina Rossetti

The Episcopal Church remembers “Holy Women, Holy Men” throughout the calendar year. Every April 27th the Church remembers Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). A poet who left an extraordinary legacy, her words have often been used in Memorial Services and in counsel with those who are dying. I share her poem, Remember, with you. Let the words enter your heart. Let the words inform your faith.

Remember

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.

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