What is love . . . .?



The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Christopher Marlowe  [

1564 – 1593]

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 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
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 th 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.


. . . . .The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd

If all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd’s tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy love.

Time drives the flocks from field to fold
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold,
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yields;
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.

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 season rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,
All these in me no means can move
To come to thee and be thy love.

But could youth last and love still breed,
Had joys no date nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy love.

       Sir Walter Raleigh [1562 – 1618]


6 thoughts on “What is love . . . .?

  1. hello !
    thank-you for the visit and the comment.  my thoughts exactly, it\’s the message not the person who matters ! 

  2. We was robbed……..it was never a penalty,  another case of corrupt  refs.    
    bring on vidio evidence. untill they do, officials shall continue to pervert the beautiful game, as seen in Italy  of late. 
                        We shall win the replay, unless we are robbed again.
      Hope you are enjoying a lazy Sunday,   I am.

  3. thank you for the visit, you are always welcome.
    hope all is good in your part of the world.
    love, beth. x

  4. Greetings Mr Laird,
    Did you have a good week-end and were you in agreement with the outcome of the game?
    Cape Town is still hot and humid during the day, however there is a noticable change in the weather patterns; the morning dawns are darker and the air a little nippy. 

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