“Remember” by Christina Rosetti

Thinking about September 11….


Christina Rosetti


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 plann’d:

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.



From Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems by Christina Rosetti. London: Macmillan 1879.

2 Responses

  1. Karen Davis says:

    We are remembering today. We plan to watch United 93 later today. And here is a link if you have little ones that you want to tell the story. It is a pictorial essay and suitable for all ages (as much as that event can be):


    This nice blog entry also came on the heels of an email from my dear departed friend’s husband and so was doubly meaningful. She died in a car accident the day before Valentines 2006 and I miss her still terribly but I smile when I remember…

  2. That was really beautiful….I was a little upset yesterday, thinking it seemed like everyone forgot. They barely mentioned anything on the radio or TV. This poem really touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.


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