Sunday, June 07, 2009

To Virgins, to Make Much of Time

To Virgins, to Make Much of Time
by Robert Herrick
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
   The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For, having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.


"To Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick. Public domain.

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