Some of the imagery in this classic love poem reminds me of western Loudoun County though it tends to be more “horse country” around here and there aren’t too many sheep! Nonetheless, those of us who call Loudoun home, treasure the bucolic rolling countryside and rural areas that are home to farms, pastures and, of course, wineries! Have a happy Valentines Day and make plans to get out and view all that Loudoun has to offer.
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
Embroidered 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 th 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 shepherds’ 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.
Enjoy my view of Loudoun,