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To Rosa

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.


This poem is in the public domain.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. He served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865, leading the Union during the American Civil War. He died in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 1865.

Date Published: 1858-01-01

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