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Herrick and Waterhouse on the transitory beauty of the rose

From Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May by 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.



Gather ye Rosebuds (1909) by John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), Fairlight Arts Trust, Hastings


Waterhouse created two paintings inspired by the above poem, one in 1908 and one in 1909, the latter shown here.