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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
R. Herrick
 
LXXXII. Counsel to Girls
 
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may, 
  Old Time is still a-flying; 
And this same flower that smiles to-day, 
  To-morrow will be dying. 
  
The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun,         5
  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;  10
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,  15
  You may for ever tarry. 
 
 
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