This is one of the most treasured love poems in the English language,a pastoral beauty written in the 1590s by Christopher Marlowe.It was so well loved that it was imitated by most well-known poets,including Shakespeare and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all pleasures prove,
That hills and valleys,dales and fields,
And all the craggy mountains yields.
There we will sit upon the rocks,
And see the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds do sing madrigals.
And I will make thee beds of roses
With 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.
A poem by Christopher Marlowe