Farewell Love and All Thy Laws Forever
Farewell, Love, and all thy laws forever,
Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more;
Senec and Plato call me from thy lore,
To perfect wealth my wit for to endeavor.
In blind error when I did persever,
Thy sharp repulse, that pricketh aye so sore,
Hath taught me to set in trifles no store
And 'scape forth since liberty is lever.
Therefore farewell, go trouble younger hearts
And in me claim no more authority.
With idle youth go use thy property;
And thereon spend thy many brittle darts,
For hitherto though I have lost all my time,
Me lusteth no longer rotten boughs to climb.
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.