Come live with me
Come, live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
Of peace and plenty, bed and board,
That chance employment may afford.
I'll handle dainties on the docks
And thou shalt read of summer frocks:
At evening by the sour canals
We'll hope to hear some madrigals.
Care on thy maiden brow shall put
A wreath of wrinkles, and thy foot
Be shod with pain: not silken dress
But toil shall tire thy loveliness.
Hunger shall make thy modest zone
And cheat fond death of all but bone -
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.
Submitted by Walter A. Aue
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593)
, "The passionate shepherd to his love", 1580-1592?
by William Sterndale Bennett (1816 - 1875)
, "Come live with me", 1846, stanzas 1-3,7 [chorus], partsong
by Henry Rowley Bishop (1785 - 1855)
, "Come live with me", stanzas 1-2,7.
by Alan Bullard (b. 1947)
, "Come live with me and be my love", 1981. [medium voice and piano]
text not verified
by Rubin Goldmark (1872 - 1936)
, "The passionate shepherd to his love"
by William Mayer (b. 1925)
, "The passionate shepherd to his love", stanzas 1-2,7 [satb chorus a cappella], from Four Madrigals, no. 1.
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
(Walter A. Aue)
, "Komm, leb' mit mir und werde mein", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2010-03-26.
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