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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
209. To the Virgins
 
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
 
GATHER ye rose-buds 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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