Thursday, August 20, 2009

carpe diem...

...or a plea to just give it up already. Regardless, it is (would have been, rather) Robert Herrick's birthday today. And, this has been in my head because Coach J recently quoted part of it.*

by Robert Herrick

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.

-- from


* Actually, now that I've gone back to get that link, I remember that she didn't just quote it, she used it in a creative way, because that's what she does, and so nicely too.


Coach J said...

Ha ha... yeah, but I totally messed with his poem. Oh well. Straight to hell for me.

kate said...

Now I want to watch "Dead Poets Society."