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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
214. To Daffodils
 
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
 
FAIR Daffodils, 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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