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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
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Attributed Songs: Live with Me

By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

LIVE with me and be my love,

And we will all the pleasures prove,

That hills and valleys, dales and fields,

And the craggy mountain yields.

There will we sit upon the rocks,

And see the shepherds feed their flocks

By shallow rivers, to whose falls

Melodious birds sing madrigals.

There will I make thee a bed of roses,

With a thousand fragrant posies;

A cap of flowers, and a kirtle

Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,

With coral clasps and amber studs:

And if these pleasures may thee move,

Then live with me and be my love.

Love’s Answer

IF that 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.