T: Gather Ye Rosebuds
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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.
Tune’s English tho perhaps sung in Ireland as it was very popular in its time and since. An excellent tune, truly.