VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

The Passionate Shepard to His Love

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 shepards feed their flocks
By shallow river, 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 kirdle
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 sheperds' 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.

This gentle pseudo-pastoral was first published in 1599, some years after Marlowe's death, in a collection called The Passionate Pilgrim. The next year, England's Helicon included this poem along with a reply that may be by Sir Walter Ralegh (see The Nymph's Reply to the Sheperd"). In 1633 John Donne's "Bait" began "Come live with me and be my love, / And we will some new pleasures prove . . ."