the passionate shepherd to his love

Two gay men hug in the woods

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

They shepherd 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.


Text: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,
Christopher Marlowe, published 1599

Image: Photographer, subjects unknown


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  1. Ken

    This looks like a Walt Rinder photo. He also wrote poetry. Photographer and Poet of the sixties in Berkeley California.

    Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:33 am | Permalink
  2. beautyfull pictures
    i am a gay from the netherlands

    Posted October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  3. alejandro contrera

    Is so beautiful to see two beautiful men making love! Two beautiful creatures in love!this is so noble and is pure art to see this picture?have you more?i will like sending male love pictures to giannis memetzidis in greece he love this kind of art ald have a taste for artistic pictures like this.Only men making love in black and white or i color .edis h

    Posted April 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

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