A Farewell to Arms
by George Peele (1556-1596)
My golden locks Time hath to silver turnd.
O Time too swift, O swiftness never ceasing!
My youth ’gainst time and age hath ever spurnd,
But spurnd in vain. Youth waneith by increasing.
Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen,
Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green.
My Helmet now shall make a hive for bees
And lovers’ sonnets turne to holy Psalms.
A man at Armes must now serve on his knees,
And feed on pray’rs, that are Age his alms.
But though from Court to Cottage I depart,
My Saint is sure of mine unspotted heart.
And when I saddest sits in homely cell,
I’ll teach my Swaines this Carrol for a song.
Blest be the hearts that wish my Sovereigne well,
Curs’d be the souls that thinke her any wrong.
Goddess, vouchsafe this aged man his right
To be your Beadsman now that was your knight.