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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To Daffodills
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
FAIRE Daffodills, we weep to see
  You haste away so soone;
As yet the early rising sun
  Has not attain’d his noone.
                Stay, stay,        5
  Untill the hasting day
                Has run
  But to the even-song;
And, having pray’d together, we
  Will goe 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 doe, and drie
                Away,
  Like to the summer’s raine;
Or as the pearles of morning’s dew,
  Ne’er to be found againe.        20
 
 
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