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John Nicholson Ireland
1879 - 1962
Great Britain, England
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J.N. Ireland
John (Nicholson) Ireland (13/08/1879 12/06/1962) was an English composer and teacher of classical music. The majority of his output consists of piano miniatures and of songs with piano.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1924
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"When I am dead, my dearest", 1924, published 1928, for voice and piano or string quartet.
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)
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Chr. Rossetti
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