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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
To the Virgins
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
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.
 
The age is best which is the first,
  When youth and blood are warmer;        10
But being spent, the worst 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 forever tarry.
 
 
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