"So we'll go no more a-roving so late into the night"

We'll go no more a-roving (1817) is a poem by English poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824).  He enclosed it in a letter to his friend Thomas More, explaining that at 29 he was beginning to feel the fatigue of age. In full it reads:

So, we'll go no more a-roving

So late into the night,

Though the heart be still as loving,

And the moon be still as bright.


For the sword outwears its sheath,

And the soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe,

And love itself must 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.

The poem was set to music in numerous versions in the 19th and 20th centuries, most famously by Joan Baez on her 1964 Joan Baez/5 album and Leonard Cohen on Dear Heather (2004).