2013 GUESTBOOK 116: “To the Virgins, to make much of Time” (by Robert Herrick)

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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.

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The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,

The higher he ‘s a-getting,

The sooner will his race be run,

And nearer he ‘s to setting.

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That age is best which is the first,

When youth and blood are warmer;

But being spent, the worse, and worst

Times still succeed the former.

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Then be not coy, but use your time,

And while ye may, go marry:

For having lost but once your prime,

You may for ever tarry.

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(Robert Herrick, 1591–1674)

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