for SATB chorus (divisi) a cappella
Music by: Madox Terrell
Text by: Christina Rossetti
Commissioned and premiered by Modern Sound Collective

Remember by Madox Terrell sets Christina Rossetti’s poem of the same name in this short understated piece, giving permission to the listener to acknowledge loss and find happiness.

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 the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
That than you should remember and be sad.


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Remember is a short, understated piece meant to capture the conversational tone of the text. The poem was written by teen-aged Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, who had fallen very ill. It gives the living permission to acknowledge loss, and permission to find happiness again.