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To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)
by Robert Herrick

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds) Mortality Quotes Page 2

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For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry. (15-16)

While we might normally equate losing one's "prime" with getting old, the speaker here connects it with a sort of death. The ominous tone of "you may forever tarry" suggests some kind of eternal solitude, a sort of living death that awaits the single.

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