To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Gather ye rosebuds)
How we cite our quotes:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry; (15-16)
As he's done throughout, the speaker suggests that if the virgins don't act during their "prime," that's it – game over. Interestingly, he describes the bleakness of their post-prime years in terms of "tarrying," which means delaying, prolonging, protracting, etc. Does he mean they will prolong their unmarried state, or spend the rest of their life being idle?