Better by far you should forget and smile

"I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all."      ...Tennyson

Inspired by a photo assignment entitled “catch & release” and by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 27” (borrowed from The Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174603)

I envy not in any moods 
         The captive void of noble rage, 
         The linnet born within the cage, 
That never knew the summer woods: 
I envy not the beast that takes 
         His license in the field of time, 
         Unfetter’d by the sense of crime, 
To whom a conscience never wakes; 
Nor, what may count itself as blest, 
         The heart that never plighted troth 
         But stagnates in the weeds of sloth; 
Nor any want-begotten rest. 
I hold it true, whate’er befall; 
         I feel it, when I sorrow most; 
         ‘Tis better to have loved and lost 
Than never to have loved at all.

Though today, I ran across a poem by Christina Rossetti that I think I like more but that echoes a similar sentiment.

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 
         Than that you should remember and be sad.
“Remember” by Christina Rossetti (borrowed from The Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174266)
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