Gather ye rosebuds (Jacques Blumenthal)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 616 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2021-04-28)  CPDL #64238:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-04-28).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 258 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Gather ye rosebuds
Composer: Jacques Blumenthal
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, SB divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1872 Novello, Ewer, and Co.
Description: Novello's part-song book (second series) No 741

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Original text and translations

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Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow 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;
Expect not the last 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 forever tarry.