TO DAFFODILS - Matthew Arnold Poems


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Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
      You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
      Has not attain'd his noon.
                Stay, stay,
           Until the hasting day
                Has run
           But to the even-song;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
      We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
      As you, or anything.
                We die
           As your hours do, and dry
           Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again.