Come live with me

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The passionate shepherd to his love, by Christopher Marlowe; spelling modernised and other minor alterations.

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1  Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That hills and valleys, dales and fields, [That grove and valley, hill and field]
And all the steepy mountain yields. [Or woods and steepy mountains yield.]

2  There will we sit upon the rocks
And see the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

3  There will I make thee beds of roses
And [twine] a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle [rural kirtle]
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle.

4  A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair linèd slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

5  A belt of straw and ivy buds
With coral clasps and amber studs: [A coral clasp…]
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come [Then] live with me and be my love.

6  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.

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