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19. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, Robert Herrick
English poet and author Herrick wrote this to encourage readers to carpe diem or seize the day. In a time of the Great Fire of London, plague and war, it encouraged youth to make the most of the time they had for the future was uncertain. Better pick those roses now.