Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 3.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Verses: To Rosa Haggard [1]

September 28, 1858

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.

Winchester, Sep. 28. 1858. A. LINCOLN---

Annotation

[1]   ADS, owned by E. G. Miner, Rochester, New York. Lincoln wrote the verses in the autograph album of Rosa Haggard, daughter of the proprietor of the hotel at Winchester, Illinois, where he stayed when speaking at that place on the same date. No report of the speech has been located. See also the verses to Linnie Haggard, infra.