Gather ye rosebuds (Ann Mounsey)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75535:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 3.04 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Gather ye rosebuds
Composer: Ann Mounsey
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1855 Ewer & Co.
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Original text and translations

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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.