Edmund Waller

(3 March 1606 – 21 October 1687 / Coleshill / Buckinghamshire / England)

Go, lovely rose!


Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Tell her that's young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.

Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Form: Sonnet


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  • Rookie Vidya Kiran (5/7/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    Dear Raju Basu,

    Edmund Waller has written this poem and he is the author, there is no doubt but he lived in the year 1606 to 1687, he can't answer you.

    Kiran. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Raja Basu (5/9/2007 4:04:00 AM)

    Dear Mr. Edmund Waller

    This same poem has been submitted in this web site by one Ms. Ayesha Raoof.

    I suppose she has just copy pasted the poem from you.

    The link is given below

    http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/go-lovely-rose-2/ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stanton Hager (2/20/2007 8:56:00 AM)

    Like Robert Herrick's 'Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, ' and Andrew
    Marvell's 'Had we but world enough and time, ' Waller's 'Go, lovely rose' is one of English poetry's great 'seize the day' poems: a love lyric that cautions the beloved that life is too short to withold love. Waller's ingenious variation of this popular 17th century theme is NOT to address the beloved directly but indirectly, instead addressing the rose (symbol of love) to speak on his behalf. A beautifully-made, beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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