To Rosa

By Abraham Lincoln 1809–1865 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.

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Poet Abraham Lincoln 1809–1865

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Men & Women, Heartache & Loss

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The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln worked as a lawyer and served in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years and in the House of Representatives for a year before winning the Republican nomination for president in 1860. As president during the Civil War, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. He was re-elected as president in 1864 and served until his . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Men & Women, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Epigram, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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