by Robert Herrick
FAIR daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon ;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon.
Until the hasting day
But to the evensong ;
And, having prayed together, we
Will go with you along.
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.
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.
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Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 156.