Gather ye rosebuds (Jacques Blumenthal)
- Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-04-28). Score information: A4, 15 pages, 258 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co, Novello's part-song book (second series) No 741
Original text and translations
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
Expect not the last and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And, while ye may, go marry;
For, having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.