The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

By Christopher Marlowe 1564–1593 Christopher Marlowe
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the Rocks,
Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow Rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing Madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;

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;

A belt of straw and Ivy buds,
With Coral clasps and Amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The Shepherds’ 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.

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Poet Christopher Marlowe 1564–1593

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Living, Love, Landscapes & Pastorals, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

Occasions Engagement, Weddings

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Pastoral, Couplet

 Christopher  Marlowe

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The achievement of Christopher Marlowe, poet and dramatist, was enormous—surpassed only by that of his exact contemporary, Shakespeare. A few months the elder, Marlowe was usually the leader, although Shakespeare was able to bring his art to a higher perfection. Most dramatic poets of the sixteenth century followed where Marlowe had led, especially in their use of language and the blank-verse line. The prologue to Marlowe's . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Love, Landscapes & Pastorals, Marriage & Companionship, Nature, Relationships, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Pastoral, Couplet

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