by Edmund Waller (1608 - 1687) and by Henry Kirke White (1785 - 1806)

Go, lovely Rose!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
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 retir'd;
Bid her come forth,
  Suffer herself to be [desir'd]1,
And not blush so to be admir'd.

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!

Yet though thou fade,
From thy dead leaves let fragrance rise;
And teach the maid
That goodness time's rude hand defies;
That virtue lives when beauty dies.

J. Carpenter sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5?
J. Salomon sets stanzas 1-4
H. Lawes sets stanzas 1-4
C. Harris sets stanzas 1-4

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1 Attwood: "admir'd" [possibly a mistake]


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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-19
Line count: 25
Word count: 138