Song

(2007)
"Song" is the third and final song of Richard Pearson Thomas's song cycle Twilight, which sets the poetry of Christina Rossetti.

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The audio recording, in the audio player to the right, features Natalie Mann, soprano, and Jeffrey Panko, piano. Used with permission of the performers. To listen, click on the track name itself.
Song
by Christina Rossetti

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.

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