Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying; What does this line mean?

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Question by Quillow: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying; What does this line mean?
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

These 4 lines to be exact.
I would like to know what they mean.

Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by 美咲
these are the first lines of Robert Herrick's poem : To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time is perhaps one of the most famous poems to extol the notion of carpe diem. Carpe diem, or seize the day, expresses a philosophy that recognizes the brevity of life and therefore the need to live for and in the moment. Seizing the day means eating, drinking and making merry for tomorrow we shall all die. The phrase was used by classicists such as Horace, and its spirit marks the theme of Herricks lyric poem. Echoing Ben Jonsons' poem, Song: To Celia, the speaker of the poem underscores the ephemeral quality of life and urges those in their youth to actively celebrate life and its pleasures; however, the speaker does not urge the virgins simply to frolic adulterously, but to seek union in matrimony, thereby uniting the natural cycles of life and death with the rites and ceremonies of Christian worship. Although a very common theme in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century verse, and particularly in Cavalier poetry, the association of Christianity and carpe diem is not a traditional one; it is unique to Herrick and perhaps natural given Herrick's thirty-two year career as vicar of Dean Prior, an appointment originally bestowed by King Charles I. Written during a period of great political unrest that culminated in Britain's Civil War, the theme and the sage advice proffered by the speaker of the poem appears appropriate in this particularly transient period. The carpe diem spirit, however, has translated to modern times and is the theme of Henry James The Ambassadors and Robert Frosts' Carpe Diem.

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Everything Rhymed!
matrimony lyrics

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I've been tonight to Gilbert O'Sullivan's concert in Tel Aviv. I loved every second of it.He is 62, but looks much younger.
I remember myself in 1975, as a young boy, enjoying "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair", "Matrimony" and my favorite "Nothing Rhymed".
What an amazing song with wonderful lyrics.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Q2-1FFq4M

If I give up the seat I've been saving
To some elderly lady or man
Am I being a good boy
Am I your pride and joy
Mother please if your pleased say I am
And if while in the course of my duty
I perform an unfortunate take
Would you punish me so, unbelievably so

Never again will I make that mistake
This feeling inside me could never deny me
The right to be wrong if I choose
And this pleasure I get
From say winning a bet
Is to lose

When I'm drinking my Bonaparte Shandy
Eating more than enough apple pies
Will I glance at my screen and see real human beings starve to death
Right in front of my eyes

Nothing old, nothing new, nothing ventured
Nothing gained, nothing still-born or lost,
Nothing further than proof nothing wilder than youth
Nothing older than time, nothing sweeter than wine
Nothing physically, recklessly, hopelessly blind
Nothing I couldn't say
Nothing why 'cos today
Nothing rhymed

This feeling inside me could never deny me
The right to be wrong if I choose,
And this pleasure I get
From say winning a bet
Is to lose

Nothing good, nothing bad, nothing ventured
Nothing gained, nothing still-born or lost,
Nothing further than proof nothing wilder than youth
Nothing older than time, nothing sweeter than wine
Nothing physically, recklessly, hopelessly blind
Nothing I couldn't say
Nothing why 'cos today
Nothing rhymed

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