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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
1875 - 1912
Great Britain, England
S. Coleridge-Taylor
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15/08/1875 01/09/1912), an English composer of part Creole descent who achieved such success that he was once called the "African Mahler".
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Composed in:1904
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Song "When I am dead, my dearest", published 1904, for alto and piano, from Six Sorrow Songs, no. 2.
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.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
Chr. Rossetti