To Daffodils

Original Text: 
Robert Herrick, Hesperides (London: for John Williams and F. Eglesfield to be sold by Thomas Hunt, 1648), of which a section called "His Noble Numbers: or, his Pious Pieces" has a separate title-page dated 1647. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar, 1969. PR 3512 H4 1648A ROBA
1Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
2      You haste away so soon;
3As yet the early-rising sun
4      Has not attain'd his noon.
5                Stay, stay,
6           Until the hasting day
7                Has run
8           But to the even-song;
9And, having pray'd together, we
10Will go with you along.
11We have short time to stay, as you,
12      We have as short a spring;
13As quick a growth to meet decay,
14      As you, or anything.
15                We die
16           As your hours do, and dry
17                Away,
18           Like to the summer's rain;
19Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
20Ne'er to be found again.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.202.