If all the world and love were young (Philip Hayes)
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First published: 1786 The Muses' Fancy
Description: "The nymph's answer to the shepherd's invitation "Come live with me"" (Christopher Marlow).
Original text and translations
If all the world and love were young,
And truth in ev'ry shepherd's tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move,
To live with thee and be thy love.
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.
Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,
All these in me no mind can move
To come to thee and be my love.
If youth could last and love still breed,
Had joy no date and age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move,
And I might listen to thy love.
The first line is inverted, and there are other minor variances from If love and all the world were young