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The passionate shepherd to his love


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a poem written by Christopher Marlowe

a poem written by Christopher Marlowe

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  • 1. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe 1599 
  • 2.
    • Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and vallies, dales and fields, Woods or steepy mountain yields.
  • 3.
    • And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals.
  • 4.
    • And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cup of flowers and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.
  • 5.
    • A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair-lined slippers for the cold, With buckles of the purest gold.
  • 6.
    • A belt of straw and ivy-buds, With coral clasps and amber studs; An if these pleasures may thee move, Come live with me, and be my love.
  • 7.
    • The shepherd-swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May-morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me, and be my love.
  • 8.
    • The Nymph's Reply To The Shepherd
    • Attributed to Walter Raleigh, Written about 1596.
  • 9.
    • If all the world and love were young, And truth in every Shepherd's tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee, and be thy love.
  • 10.
    • Times drives the flocks from field to fold, When rivers rage and rocks grow cold, And Philomel becometh dumb, The rest complains of cares to come.
  • 11.
    • The flowers do fade and wanton fields To wayward winter reckoning yields; A honey tongue, a heart of gall, Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.
  • 12.
    • Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses, Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies, Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten ; In folly ripe, in reason rotten.
  • 13.
    • Thy belt of straw and ivy buds, Thy coral clasps and amber studs, All these to me no means can move To come to thee, and be thy love.
  • 14.
    • But could youth last and love still breed, Had joys no date nor age no need, Then these delights my mind might move To live with thee, and be thy love.