Study in sanguine by J. W. Waterhouse. Plate from ‘The Studio’ (1908). Published Leicester Square, London.
'I lit my candle searched from room to room.' Illustration by Florence Harrison (1877–1955) for ‘Poems by Christina Rossetti’ (From House to Home).
Published 1910 by Blackie
Perseus and the Sea Nymphs
Oil on canvas
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he is to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while you may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.
→ "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)