"To the Virgins, to make much of Time"
By Robert Herrick

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London : Printed for John Williams and Francis Eglesfield, 1648Page image sourced from the Scolar Press facsimile from Internet Archive.London: Scolar Press Limited, 1973

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Herrick, Robert. "To the Virgins, to make much of Time". Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine of Robert Herrick Esq., Printed for John Williams and Francis Eglesfield, 1648 , p 93 . Literature in Context: An Open Anthology. http://anthology.lib.virginia.edu/work/Herrick/herrick-virgins. Accessed: 2024-07-19T08:16:32.154Z

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[frontispiece] [titlepage] HESPERIDES:

Robert Herrick Esq.
Effugient avidos Carmina nostra Rogos.

Printed for John Williams, and Francis Eglesfield,
and are to be sold by Tho: Hunt, Book-seller
in Exon.
93 To the Virgins, to make much of Time. 1Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may, 2Old Time is still a-flying; 3And this same flower that smiles today, 4To morrow will be dying. 5The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun, 6The higher he’s a-getting; 7The sooner will his Race be run, 8And nearer he’s to Setting. 9That Age is best, which is the first, 10When Youth and Blood are warmer; 11But being spent, the worse, and worst 12Times, still succeed the former. 13Then be not coy, but use your time; 14And while ye may, go marry: 15For having lost but once your prime, 16You may forever tarry.