All three of these poems are by the Seventeenth Century English lyric poet, Robert Herrick (1591-1674). While flowers are referred to in each of them, their main common theme is time – in particular the briefness of our lives here on this earth, and the need to use this time well.
‘Gather ye rosebuds’ was in fact the first to be written, and this was in response to a request by the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club for a song with the theme of time. It was premiered in Ann Arbor, Michigan in November 2013, and the accompanying recording is from this performance.
‘To Blossoms’ and ‘To Daffodils’ were written more recently, and are awaiting a good recording. Whilst ‘Gather ye rosebuds’, which can be obtained separately from Swirly Music, may be performed on its own, it is suggested that the other two pieces would work best in a sequence, as here presented.