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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2270
AUTHOR:Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
QUOTATION: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. 1
ATTRIBUTION:To the Virgins to make much of Time.
 
Note 1.
Let us crown ourselves with rose-buds, before they be withered.—Wisdom of Solomon, ii. 8.

Gather the rose of love whilest yet is time.—Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene, book ii. canto xii. stanza 75. [back]
 

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