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 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.