To The Virgins, Make Much Of Time

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,
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.

by Robert Herrick

Comments (7)

Nice poem, I liked the words. Robert.
Piece of great elegance bristling with insight. The young lives on hope and the old on remembrance. I believe Time is one of the greatest resources available to man. A lovely piece of poetry nicely penned in poetic diction with good rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing Robert. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.
i assume the word virgin implies a class of people who stay repressed.the poet simply wants to say that life is the bond of unity.so go join your beloved while you can.
I first read this poem in a novel by Gilbert Morris. I didn't like the poem and didn't think about it but something about it must have understood me because after reading it once I accidentally memorized it. A few years later it is still stuck in my head and I still don't like it. The name is abominable, and I hate the idea that to use your time wisely you have to get married. It puzzles me how I memorized it after reading it once. Maybe someday I will grow to like it as much as it seems to like me.
I first heard this poem on the movie THE DEAD POETS SOCIETY.It mostly means don't waste time being fickle about love because those young and beauty blooming years are brief..make haste..Carpe Diem..
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