Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Another of the same Nature, made since
By Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
COME live with me, and be my dear,
And we will revel all the year,
In plains and groves, on hills and dales:
Where fragrant air breeds sweetest gales.
There shall you have the beauteous Pine,        5
The Cedar, and the spreading Vine,
And all the woods to be a screen;
Least Phoebus kiss my Summer’s Queen.
The seat for your disport shall be
Over some River in a tree,        10
Where silver sands and pebbles sing,
Eternal ditties with the spring.
There shall you see the Nymphs at play,
And how the Satyrs spend the day,
The fishes gliding on the sands:        15
Offering their bellies to your hands.
The birds with heavenly tuned throats,
Possess woods Echos with sweet notes,
Which to your senses will impart,
A music to enflame the heart.        20
Upon the bare and leaf-less Oak,
The Ring-Doves wooings will provoke
A colder blood then you possess,
To play with me and do no less.
In bowers of Laurel trimly dight,        25
We will out-wear the silent night,
While Flora busy is to spread:
Her richest treasure on our bed.
Ten thousand Glow-worms shall attend,
And all this sparkling lights shall spend,        30
All to adorn and beautify;
Your lodging with most majesty.
Then in mine arms will I enclose
Lilies fair mixture with the Rose,
Whose nice perfections in love’s play:        35
Shall tune me to the highest key.
Thus as we pass the welcome night,
In sportful pleasures and delight,
The nimble Fairies on the grounds,
Shall dance and sing melodious sounds.        40
If these may serve for to entice,
Your presence to Love’s Paradise,
Then come with me, and be my Dear;
And we will then begin the year.

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