To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Carpe Diem

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by John Herrick, written in 1648… and this blog’s namesake:

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 neerer 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
Then be not coy, but use your time;
And while ye may, goe marry:
For having lost but once your prime,              15
You may for ever tarry.


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