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Lyrics

zaac Walton is quoted as authority for claiming Christopher Marlowe as the author of this song, but the verses appear in shortened form in Shakespeare's Sonnet to sundry notes of music and parts of verses 2 and 3 are quoted in The merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, Scene 1. The tune is from W. Corkine Second book of Ayres, 1612.

1. Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the treasures prove.
That hills and valleys, date and field,
And all the craggy mountains yields.

2. There will sit upon the rocks
And see the sheperds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

3. There will I make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrand posies,
A cap of flowers and a kirtle
Ambroiser'd all with leaves of myrtle.

4. A gown made of the finest wool,
Which from our pretty lambs we'll pull.
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

5. A belt of straw and ivy buds
With coral clasps and amber studs.
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come love with me and be my love.

6. The sheperds swins 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.