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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Collige Rosas
By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
 
O GATHER me the rose, the rose,
  While yet in flower we find it,
For summer smiles, but summer goes,
  And winter waits behind it.
 
For with the dream foregone, foregone,        5
  The deed forborne for ever,
The worm Regret will canker on,
  And time will turn him never.
 
So were it well to love, my love,
  And cheat of any laughter        10
The fate beneath us and above,
  The dark before and after.
 
The myrtle and the rose, the rose,
  The sunshine and the swallow,
The dream that comes, the wish that goes,        15
  The memories that follow!
 
 
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