Robert Herrick

(1591-1674 / London / England)

To Daffodils

Poem by Robert Herrick

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along.

We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again.

Form: Sonnet

Comments about To Daffodils by Robert Herrick

  • Rl Glassman (7/17/2015 3:07:00 PM)

    If only one day I will able to write something as beautiful as this.(Report)Reply

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  • Thabani KhumaloThabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:18:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.alk(Report)Reply

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  • Tanvir Ahmed (6/17/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    The ' we' here are indicates us those people who think that we are in this world for a very long time(Report)Reply

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  • Anton Thevarajah (1/30/2012 12:50:00 AM)

    Who are the we here?(Report)Reply

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  • Alex Bassett (10/16/2009 2:40:00 PM)

    I did this at school last week. It is a nice poem but slightly confusing(Report)Reply

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  • Declan Forde (9/27/2005 1:35:00 PM)

    In this lovely poem Herrick likens man`s life span to that of a daffodil.I learned the poem when I was a schoolboy in Cork and have never forgotten it.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002