On Love and Money

It is hard not to be in love,
And just as hard to be in love;
But harder yet is to be rejected
By the one you love.
Parentage means nothing to the Lover,
Who tramples on decency and common sense.
Only money takes charge of everything.
Cursed be the one who invented it!
For the sake of money one hates his brother
And forgets what he owes to his parents.
Money causes wars and murders,
And, worst of all,
We lovers get to hate one another.

By Anacreon, a Greek Poet
Translated by Constantine Santas