When I Was One-and-Twenty (Symbols ("But not your heart away"-…
When I Was One-and-Twenty
"But not your heart away"- soul; love
" But not your heart away"- don't give away your heart to someone who isn't worthy; don't give your heart or your soul away
Keep your fancy free
Basically the speaker is saying go ahead and give away money and jewelry and superficial items but don't sell your soul; your heart.
"Give crowns and Pounds"- money
Repeating the phrase "when I was twenty-and-one" it reiterates the purpose and the age by saying when I was young when I was your age.... that these things the old man is saying he is giving advice to the young kid.
"when I was one-and-twenty"
"Give crowns and pounds"
"'tis true, 'tis true"
When you do give your heart away it won't be in"vain", no cruel way about it. You will be in love and will want to give it away
Don't give your heart away in vain, be careful, protect your heart
When he was 21 he heard someone say to him go ahead and give away all these superficial items such as money, and jewelry, and other jewels but protect your heart don't give your heart away
Anyone who is willing to listen and wants to hear the poem
Older people thinking about the "good old days"
"pearls away and rubies"
"the heart out of the bosom"
Possibly author A.E. Housman