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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) Time Quotes Page 3

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Quote #7

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?

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