20. 11. 2009

střípky ze skript #2

Robert Herrick – To the Virgins, to make much of Time

This poem is called 'To the Virgins, to make much of Time', but according to Google search the poem is better known for its first line. It was written by English poet Robert Herrick in 17th century. It is a good example of carpe diem genre (and more over, it is presented in my favourite movie with Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society). And what is most interesting: Herrick wrote over 2,500 poems, I am sure that a plenty of them are about women, lovemaking and a magic of female body, but he had never been married and none of his poems leads to any beloved woman. So he appears to be another stranger amongst my favourite poets. Hm.

But let's enjoy and read aloud the poem.

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.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,        
  The higher he 's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
  And nearer he 's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
  When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
  Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
  And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
  You may for ever tarry.