Lord Byron, or his real name, George Gordon, wrote this poem at the ripe old age of 29, included in a letter to Thomas Moore. Byron had been carousing of late as it was carnival season and there was a lot of diversion to be had. He was recovering during Lent, and thinking he was living a bit too quick. Which he was. He only lived another seven years, dying of fever whilst fighting in the Greek war of independence, despite being born an Englishman. But he crammed a lot of life into a very short span.
The poem is based on an old Irish drinking song, The Jolly Beggar.
So We’ll Go No More A Roving
Lord Byron 1788-1824.