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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
To Daffodils
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
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        5
      Until the hasting day
              Has run
      But to the evensong;
And, having prayed together, we
Will go with you along.        10
We have short time to stay, as you,
  We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
  As you, or any thing.
      We die        15
      As your hours do, and dry
      Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
Ne’er to be found again.        20

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