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Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, and hills and fields,
Woods or steepy mountains 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 :

THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE.

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,

KIT MARLOW.

LOVE'S SERVILE LOT.

Love, mistress is of many minds,

Yet few know whom they serve ; They reckon least how little Love

Their service doth deserve.

LOVE'S SERVILE LOT.

The will she robbeth from the wit,

The sense from reason's lore; She is delightful in the rind,

Corrupted in the core.

She shroudeth vice in virtue's veil,

Pretending good in ill;
She offereth joy, affordeth grief,

A kiss where she doth kill.

A honey-shower rains from her lips,

Sweet lights shine in her face ; She hath the blush of virgin mind,

The mind of viper's race.

She makes thee seek, yet fear to find

To find, but not enjoy : In

many frowns some gliding smiles She yields to more annoy.

She woos thee to come near her fire,

Yet doth she draw it from thee; Far off she makes thy heart to fry,

And yet to freeze within thee.

She letteth fall some luring baits

For fools to gather up ;
Too sweet, too sour, to every taste

She tempereth her cup.

LOVE'S SERVILE LOT.

Soft souls she binds in tender twist,

Small flies in spinner's web ; She sets afloat some luring streams,

But makes them soon to ebb.

Her watery eyes have burning force ;

Her floods and flames conspire : Tears kindle sparks, sobs fuel are,

And sighs do blow her fire.

May never was the month of love,

For May is full of flowers; But rather April, wet by kind,

For love is full of showers.

Like tyrant, cruel wounds she gives,

Like surgeon, salve she lends ; But salve and sore have equal force,

For death is both their ends.

With soothing words enthralled souls

She chains in servile bands; Her eye

in silence hath a speech Which eye best understands.

Her little sweet hath many sours,

Short hap immortal harms; Her loving looks are murd'ring darts,

Her songs bewitching charms.

LOVE'S SERVILE LOT.

Like winter rose and summer ice,

Her joys are still untimely;
Before her Hope, behind Remorse :

Fair first, in fine unseemly.

Moods, passions, fancy's jealous fits

Attend upon her train :
She yieldeth rest without repose,

And heaven in hellish pain.

Her house is Sloth, her door Deceit,

And slippery Hope her stairs; Unbashful Boldness bids her guests,

And every vice repairs.

Her diet is of such delights

As please till they be past ;
But then the poison kills the heart

That did entice the taste,

Her sleep in sin doth end in wrath,

Remorse rings her awake;
Death calls her up, Shame drives her out,

Despairs her upshot make.

Plough not the seas, sow not the sands,

Leave off your idle pain ;
Seek other mistress for your minds,

Love's service is in vain.

ROBERT SOUTHWELL.

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