George Gordon Byron

(1788 - 1824 / London / England)

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So We'll Go No More a-Roving

So we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart still be as loving,
And the moon still be as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul outwears the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Isaac Dutton (8/23/2013 12:48:00 PM)

    A pleasure to read. Great flow and feel and something that most readers can relate to! (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (8/23/2012 6:23:00 PM)

    I think this poem has great merit, it sounds beautiful read aloud and suggests such woeful moments, no longer willing or able to enjoy the part of life the poet obviously relished. And the moon still as bright...perfect (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (8/23/2012 4:07:00 PM)

    George Gordon Byron the original Jim Morrison, with poetry of a higher caliber. Mr Straw you have me cracking up sir! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/23/2012 9:36:00 AM)

    For love read lust. For sword read penis. For soul read desire. For heart read genitalia. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Martin (8/23/2011 2:50:00 AM)

    Very sorrowful poem of lost love. Has glimpses of the lovers hope that the romance will resume after a 'rest', but this may just be showing our reluctance to accept what we deep down know to be true. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/23/2011 2:32:00 AM)

    Small poem is like a little food for the hunger of big elephant! Yet this is tastier to taste! (Report) Reply

  • Sujit Sinha (12/26/2009 3:33:00 AM)

    Some romantic he is! ! On his sick bed he can think of nothing but romantic love. He is brilliant in his own way. (Report) Reply

  • Enitan Onikoyi (8/23/2009 8:08:00 PM)

    George Byron's 'So we'll go no more a-roving' is over rated. It is definitely not the best poem of the day. There are better writers with better poems. (Report) Reply

  • Claudia Krizay (8/23/2009 7:50:00 PM)

    Trite at best- I don't know who decides what the poem of the week should be but so far I think the choices have been poor. At least that is my opinion. This one leaves plenty to be desired- Rhyming poetry is hard to write without sounding childish som make it but thie one- has totally missed the mark. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (8/23/2009 1:10:00 PM)

    The poet says that everything needs a pause and rest however conducive the situation may be. Any act that is physical or mental has a bearing limit beyond the conducive atmosphere. This is very true. Sweetness too has a limit. (Report) Reply

  • Vivian Griffiths (8/23/2008 8:09:00 AM)

    what is correct, 'though the heart be still as loving'
    or 'though the heart still be as loving'?
    fabulous poem whatever. (Report) Reply

  • Mo. (8/23/2007 12:44:00 PM)

    It either means ''the sun is up and no more night loving''
    ''No more romance because they are separated.'' (Report) Reply

  • Jon Alan (11/17/2006 6:03:00 PM)

    Over analysis of the meaning robs us of the music of the words:

    For the sword outwears its sheath,
    And the soul outwears the breast,
    And the heart must pause to breathe,
    And love itself have rest.

    That stanza alone explains the poem and most beautifully reveals the plight of the lover, all intense lovers. I marvel at the poet's ability to express in four short lines the sad plight of a romance exhausted, where it tskes so many others so many words to say the same thing. (Report) Reply

  • David Wolowsky (8/23/2006 8:02:00 PM)

    I couldn't understand the poem either. I think Nicholas comments are an astute and interesting perspective. Is the author needing rest from his lover or love all together. Is it a breakup poem or a we've been married ten years and I need a break poem. Still, 'no more' implies never. Hmm, i'm obviously not on top of my game with the romantics. (Report) Reply

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