TO VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME - Matthew Arnold Poems

 
 

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TO VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME

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.