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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
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 attained 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 anything.
            We die,        15
      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.        20
 
 
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