(To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time)

By Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674)

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
To-morrow will be dying.

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.

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.

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.

The writer chooses springtime, to remind us that time is short, fleeting & what is beautiful today, may be dead by tomorrow. Herrick follows the theme of carpe diem (seize the day) which was a popular trend for peots…

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