Gather Ye Rosebuds
A song, set by William Lawes (1602 - 1645) for the poem by Robert Herrick about time passing and making the most of it. Put in the ‘barndance’ category as in 4/4 time but more like an air. Lovely tune, here are the words of the poem:-
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick, 1591 - 1674
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow 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 forever tarry.
Re: Gather Ye Rosebuds
Tune’s English tho perhaps sung in Ireland as it was very popular in its time and since. An excellent tune, truly.