Abraham Lincoln

(12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865 / Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky)

To Rosa - Poem by Abraham Lincoln

You are young, and I am older;
You are hopeful, I am not -
Enjoy life, ere it grow colder -
Pluck the roses ere they rot.

Teach your beau to heed the lay -
That sunshine soon is lost in shade -
That now's as good as any day -
To take thee, Rosa, ere she fade.


Comments about To Rosa by Abraham Lincoln

  • Jeanette Telusma (7/24/2017 9:09:00 PM)


    A man of excellent morals. One who was given the opportunity to take advantage but strongly decided not to do so. This poem is proof of such. Lovely piece. (Report) Reply

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  • Francis Lynch (7/24/2017 7:49:00 PM)


    Sounds to me like Honest Abe may be a misnomer. The poet is obviously ditching a girl, and trying to make it sound like his young lover can do better. Tsk, tsk, Abe. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/24/2017 12:39:00 PM)


    Great advice to the younger generation about how to enjoy life. Thanks.
    Enjoy life, ere it grow colder -
    Pluck the roses ere they rot.
    (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/24/2017 12:13:00 PM)


    Abraham Lincoln, a great man of determination who worked himself to a top rank.
    This is the first time that i read a poem of his.
    And i must admit that it is a beautiful poem, very thoughtful and full of wisdom.
    You are young, and I am older;
    You are hopeful, I am not -
    Enjoy life, ere it grow colder -
    Pluck the roses ere they rot.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/24/2017 10:43:00 AM)


    Love with the muse of Age! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/24/2017 7:12:00 AM)


    A poem that communicates well. That is the essence of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Mazloom Gill (7/24/2017 2:54:00 AM)


    very nice poem penned. thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/24/2017 2:54:00 AM)


    Have never read Abraham Lincoln before. But it is a sweet one. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (7/24/2017 2:06:00 AM)


    I knew not that Abraham Lincoln tried his hand in poetry. Anyway this is a sound advice he gave to the younger generation. (Report) Reply

  • Upendra Majhi (7/24/2017 2:00:00 AM)


    Pluck the roses, ere they rot, from a man who, knowingly signed his own death warrant as he signed the Declaration.his hand trembling. (Report) Reply

    Lantz Pierre Lantz Pierre (7/24/2017 3:14:00 AM)

    Are you referring to the Emancipation Proclamation? Lincoln said on the day that he signed it, New Year’s Day,1863, that he never “felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper.”

  • Lantz Pierre (7/24/2017 12:51:00 AM)


    History has been well served that he was a better president than he was a poet. Which is not to say that he didn't possess great persuasive, authorial powers in his speeches. He did. But this poem is a toss-off. Hardly immemorial, particularly in the shadow of his greater accomplishments. (Report) Reply

    Upendra Majhi Upendra Majhi (7/24/2017 6:27:00 AM)

    Yes Mr.Pierre.He did humanly impossible things at that point of time.Himalayan courage he mustered and chartered a different path for humanity, for equality between man and man.I had
    read Uncles Tom Cabin that made me cry uncontrolled a manner for ten long minutes and when I read that book on president and saw th emovie AbrahamLincon, I could connect a few things.

    Upendra Majhi Upendra Majhi (7/24/2017 6:20:00 AM)

    Yes Mr.Pierre.There is a book on the president. I had read.These words are there.He picked up the pen, kept it on the table, second time he picked up the pen and then put it on the table, Third time he signed, his hand trembling.he knew what it was to sign the proclamation.

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/9/2016 2:38:00 PM)


    Nice poem,
    Teach your beau to heed the lay -
    That sunshine soon is lost in shade -
    That now's as good as any day -
    To take thee, Rosa, ere she fade.
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 23, 2012


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