To Daffodils
 
ROBERT HERRICK, English (1591-1674)
 
The Hesperides & Noble Numbers, Vol. 1 revised, Lawrence &Bullen, Ltd, London 1898
 

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 evensong;
And, having prayed 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
Away,
Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again.

2013-03

 
   
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