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By Beechwood 45789 (Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 01:31:01 AM EST) (all tags)
"If these delights thy mind may move,   
Then live with me and be my Love."

The focus of this week's Poem of the Day diaries is Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd to His Love and five poems that have been written as replies, tributes, and satires. Monday begins the series with Marlowe's original poem. Tuesday to Saturday, starting with Sir Walter Raleigh's famous resply, the Poem of the Day will cover another response.



The Passionate Shepard to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dales and fields,
Or woods or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
And see 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
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle.

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.

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 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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Cool by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 04:03:53 AM EST
I like the musical version of (I think) this in Ian McKellen's Richard III.

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It has been ages by marvin (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 06:19:11 PM EST
I don't think I've read this one in 20 years now. For some reason, I  seem to be seeing some parallels to one of the LOTR poems, the one with the ents / entwives. Maybe because I re-read LOTR just a few months ago.

If you took Marlowes, followed it with Raleighs, and then at the end grafted on a vision of some future paradise where they could coexist, it would strongly echo the entish poem. Or vice versa, given the dates.

Good show. by Beechwood 45789 (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jun 24, 2008 at 02:01:24 AM EST
This is perhaps the most creative, an yet still sensible, reading of this I think I've ever come across.

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