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.

by Abraham Lincoln Click to read full poem

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.
Love with the muse of Age! ! Thanks for sharing.
very nice poem penned. thanks for sharing.
Have never read Abraham Lincoln before. But it is a sweet one. Very nice.
I knew not that Abraham Lincoln tried his hand in poetry. Anyway this is a sound advice he gave to the younger generation.
Pluck the roses, ere they rot, from a man who, knowingly signed his own death warrant as he signed the Declaration.his hand trembling.
History has been well served that he was a better president than he was a poet. Which is not to say that he didn't possess great persuasive, authorial powers in his speeches. He did. But this poem is a toss-off. Hardly immemorial, particularly in the shadow of his greater accomplishments.
Nice poem, 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.