COME LIVE WITH ME

Music by John Kilpatrick (1941- )
Words by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Come live with me and be my love,
  And we will all the pleasures prove,
That hills and valleys, dales and fields,
  And all the craggy mountain yields.

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

And I will make thee beds of roses
  With 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;

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.

Marlowe wrote a further verse which is not used in
the musical composition. By omitting it, a symmetry
between the first two and last two lines is achieved.