To Rosa

You are young, and I am older;
You are hopeful, I am not -
Enjoy life, ere it grow colder -
Pluck the roses ere they rot.

Teach your beau to heed the lay -
That sunshine soon is lost in shade -
That now's as good as any day -
To take thee, Rosa, ere she fade.

by Abraham Lincoln

Comments (12)

Very nice
A man of excellent morals. One who was given the opportunity to take advantage but strongly decided not to do so. This poem is proof of such. Lovely piece.
Sounds to me like Honest Abe may be a misnomer. The poet is obviously ditching a girl, and trying to make it sound like his young lover can do better. Tsk, tsk, Abe.
Great advice to the younger generation about how to enjoy life. Thanks. Enjoy life, ere it grow colder - Pluck the roses ere they rot.
Abraham Lincoln, a great man of determination who worked himself to a top rank. This is the first time that i read a poem of his. And i must admit that it is a beautiful poem, very thoughtful and full of wisdom. You are young, and I am older; You are hopeful, I am not - Enjoy life, ere it grow colder - Pluck the roses ere they rot.
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