Remember Me

The Entombment of Atala. Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson. 1808.


Remember Me

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)


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 thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.


This entry is a submission of Fiona of Vista Court.

2 thoughts on “Remember Me”

  1. This is one of my favorite paintings because of the expression, color, and absolute passion. It is an illustration of a scene from Atala by Chateaubriand. Although exceedingly dissapointed with the outcome of the plot when I read the story, I enjoyed reading the scene which this painting so vidily depicts!

    “Remember Me” is also my favorite love sonnet! After Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare that is…

    1. Thank you for your submission, Fiona! The painting was new to me, and I admire its rich coloring and luminosity.

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