Gather ye Rosebuds

by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
      Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
      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.

 

 


Toulouse Lautrec Ball at Moulin Rouge

Title:

Gather Ye Rosebuds

Poet:

Herrick, Robert

Year of Publication:

1648

Age Appropriate:

13-14

Notes:

Decisions

Form:

Hymnal measure variant - as he adds an extra unstressed syllable at the end of every second line.

Stanza:

4

Type:

Lyric

Lines:

16

Rhyme:

abab

Literary Period:

Renaissance

Things to Discuss:

What is the warning? When does the poet say we are at our best? What does the "sun" represent?