Oscar Rasbach
1888 - 1975
United States of America, KY
O. Rasbach
Oscar Rasbach (02/08/1888 23/03/1975), an American pianist and composer and arranger of art songs and works for piano. Born in Dayton, Kentucky, died in Pasadena, California.
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Composed in:1940
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Label(s):Etcetera KTC 1208
"When I am dead, my dearest", published 1940, for voice and piano.
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