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Christopher Marlowe: a crucial influence on Shakespeare

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
  • 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 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 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 shepherds’s 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.
Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe (c.1564-1593) was an English playwright and poet of the Elizabethan Era. He was the first playwright of that time to consistently present his work in blank verse—poems written in lines of usually unrhymed, ten-syllable, iambic pentameter—a form which was to become the mainstay of composition for Elizabethan drama. As a pioneer in this form, Marlowe became a crucial influence on a fellow contemporary playwright: William Shakespeare (who was baptized the same year as Marlowe). His most popular play, Doctor Faustus, continues to be studies and performed to this day. Marlowe died at a young age under mysterious circumstances after being knifed in the eye in a tavern brawl. Many critics believe that, at the time of his death, his talent was only beginning to blossom.

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  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
  • 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 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 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 shepherds’s 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.
Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe (c.1564-1593) was an English playwright and poet of the Elizabethan Era. He was the first playwright of that time to consistently present his work in blank verse—poems written in lines of usually unrhymed, ten-syllable, iambic pentameter—a form which was to become the mainstay of composition for Elizabethan drama. As a pioneer in this form, Marlowe became a crucial influence on a fellow contemporary playwright: William Shakespeare (who was baptized the same year as Marlowe). His most popular play, Doctor Faustus, continues to be studies and performed to this day. Marlowe died at a young age under mysterious circumstances after being knifed in the eye in a tavern brawl. Many critics believe that, at the time of his death, his talent was only beginning to blossom.

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