Anacreon: Gold

NOT to love a pain is deem’d,
And to love’s the same esteem’d:
But of all the greatest pain
Is to love unlov’d again.
Birth in love is now rejected,
Parts and arts are disrespected,
Only gold is look’d upon.
A curse take him that was won
First to doat upon it; hence
Springs ‘twixt brothers difference;
This makes parents slighted; this
War’s dire cause and fuel is:
And what’s worst, by this alone
Are we lovers overthrown.

Translation by Thomas Stanley, 1651.

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