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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
To Daffadils
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
FAIR Daffadils, we weep to see
  You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
  Has not attain’d his noon.
            Stay, stay,        5
    Until the hasting day
            Has run
    But to the even-song;
And, having pray’d together, we
    Will go with you along.        10
 
We have short time to stay, as you;
  We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
  As you, or any thing.
            We die        15
    As your hours do, and dry
            Away,
    Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
    Ne’er to be found again.        20
 
 
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