Live With Me and Be My Love

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lyrics

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

And we will sit upon the rock
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

So long as men can breath or eyes can see
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee (Sonnet XVIII)
If this be error and upon me proved
I never writ nor no man ever loved (Sonnet CXVI)

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 the purest gold;

O none, unless this miracle have might
That in black ink my love may still shine bright (Sonnet LXV)
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings (Sonnet X XIX)

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 delights each May morning.
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my Love.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer’s lease hath all to short a date (Sonnet XVIII)

This though perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong
To love that well which thou must leave ere long (Sonnet LXXIII)

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from Shed My Skin, released February 1, 2014
Poems by Christopher Marlowe from The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (1599) and Shakespeare’s Sonnets: XVIII, CXVI, LXV, XXIX and LXXXIII (1609). Set to music by Russ Fish

Orchestral arrangement by Russ Fish

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