Of MoneyGive money me, take friendship whoso list,
For friends are gone, come once adversity,
When money yet remaineth safe in chest,
That quickly can thee bring from misery;
Fair face show friends when riches do abound;
Come time of proof, farewell, they must away;
Believe me well, they are not to be found
If God but send thee once a lowering day.
Gold never starts aside, but in distress,
Finds ways enough to ease thine heaviness.
- Googe's dates are 1540 - 1594.
- The poet Thom Gunn has referred to poem as "beautiful." Are you surprised?
- Hilaire Belloc has an epigram that's somewhat similar:
I'm tired of love, I'm still more tired of rhyme --
But money gives me pleasure all the time.
Back to the list of poems