Gather ye Rose-buds (Henry Charles Banister)
- Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-18). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 281 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 1852 Leader & Cock
Original text and translations
To the Virgins, to make much of Time
Gather ye rosebuds 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.