Monday, June 1, 2009

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Today is my 23rd wedding anniversary.  My husband sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers and here is one of them.  I was just remembering this poem, so here it is, in honor of the occasion.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love 
by Christopher Marlowe

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
Embroider'd 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 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.


Busy Grandma Elsie said...

Congratulations Enid. I pray you have many many more if the Lord tarries.
Are those peach colored roses? gorgeous and so delicate and soft looking.
Enjoy every moment.
Love your friend ,
Elsie <><

River Glorious said...

Elsie, he sent orange roses and creamy white roses, 23 of them, one for each year we've been married. I know I don't deserve this man; I am so blessed! Thanks for looking.

Crown of Beauty said...

Love the beautiful flowers, and love the familiar love poem.

Have another great year ahead of you. Enjoy the 23rd year of being married!

River Glorious said...

Thank you kindly, Beauty. :) I'm enjoying it indeed. He's a prince among men, and I thank God for him. :)