Replies & Parodies: This page is dedicated to the written responses, art responses/illustrations, musical responses/renditions, and other compositions of Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”/”Come Live With Me and Be My Love.” Each work is linked to where it can be read online, and if it is not available, there is a citation at the bottom of the page. There is also a SoundCloud playlist at the bottom of the page of all the available renditions/compositions.
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- 1600, attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh, “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”
- 1606, Alexander Craig of Rosecraig, “Alexis to Lesbia”
- 1633, John Donne, “The Bait”
- 1591-1671, Robert Harrick,“To Phyllis to love and live with him”
- 1603-1640, Elizabeth Melville (Lady Culross), “A Call to Come to Christ” *Read more in Project News!
- Unknown date, James Paulin, “Love’s Contentment” (text from the Harley Manuscript 6198 fol. 92 located at the British Library).
- 1862, Thomas Hood, “I love Thee”
- 1879, Jacob Henrici, “A Microscopic Serenade”
- 1881-1960, Franklin Pierce Adams, “Help: The Passionate Householder to his Love”
- 1921, Dorothy Parker, “The Passionate Freudian to His Love”
- 1929, Ogden Nash, “Love under the Republicans (or Democrats)”
- 1930-1950, William Frederick Friedman, “A Poem, The Passionate Cryptanalyst To His Lady Love”
- 1935, Cecil Day Lewis, “Come Live with Me and Be my Love”
- 1950, Peter De Vries, “Bacchanal” (original published: Bacchanal The New Yorker, November 4, 1950 P. 126)
- 1957-59, Diane Di Prima, “The Passionate Hipster to His Chick” from Earthsong: Poems 1957-19593
- 1959, Babette Deutsch, “The Dispassionate Shepherdess”
- 1962, William Carlos Williams, “Raleigh Was Right”
- 1967, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Come Lie With Me and Be My Love,” from Starting from San Francisco
- 1971, Hervey Allen, “Summer” from Wampum and Old Gold
- 1976, Frank Jacobs, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” from Great Poems Rewritten to Reflect the Freaky, Greedy, Rotten World of Today, MAD #181
- 1977, Derek Mahon, “Penshurst Place” from In Their Element
- After 1980, Kate Bernadette Benedict, “Atlantic City Idyll”
- 1981, Dough Crase, “Covenant”
- 1988, Sandra Gilbert, “On the Train” from Blood Pressure
- 1997, Selima Hill, “Green Glass Arms ” from Violet (p. 50)
- 2004-2013, Parodies/Replies published on FictionPress.net
- 2006, W.D. Snodgrass, “Invitation”
- 2008, Donald Hall, “Nymph and Shepherd”
- 2008, Chard deNiord, “After Marlowe”
- 2015, Mallory Ortberg, “Christopher Marlowe’s ‘The Passionate Shepherd’ Is The Most Frequently Owned-Upon Poem In History”
- 1851, “The Passionate Shepherd To His Love” in the English Book Of English Songs (Engraving)
- 1862-79, Walter Crane, “The Passionate Shepherd (H.E.W),” caricature of H. Ellis Woolridge as a “singer of taste”4
- 1883, Walter Crane, “The Passionate Shepherd” in Pan-Pipes: A Book of Old Songs Newly Arranged & with Accompaniments (Illustration)5
- 1896, H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed, in “The Blue Poetry Book, 7th Edition” (page 135-36) (Illustration)
- 1976, Paul Coker, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” from Great Poems Rewritten to Reflect the Freaky, Greedy, Rotten World of Today, MAD #181.6
- 1984, Ampersand Workshop, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, Christopher Marlowe” (Miniature Book, 2 3/16″ x 1 9/16″, 2 pp., accordion fold, marbled paper boards and slipcase, 14 panel original watercolor landscape).
- 2009, Maria Holohan, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” (Textile art piece)
- 2010, Shanina Conway, “Sleeping Shepherd” (Mixed media, 3D, Digital Painting and photo manipulation)
- 2015, Susannah, Artisan Dolls inspired by “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”
- 2016, Susan Loy, “Red Tulip: Declaration of Love (Calligraphy)
- 1938, Vivian Fine, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”
- 1995, from the Richard III soundtrack, Trevor Jones & Stacey Kent “Come Live With Me”
- 1996, Prayer Chain, “Antartica”
- 2002, Annie Lennox, “Live With Me and Be My Love” — an interpretation of Christopher Marlowe’s “Come Live With Me and Be My Love” was done by Annie Lennox in the album “When Love Speaks,” a compilation album that features interpretations of William Shakespeare’s sonnets – some spoken, some set to music – and excerpts from his plays by famous actors and musicians, released under EMI Classics in April 2002. (Notice “William Shakespeare”? Yeah.)
- 2009, Frank Moraes guitar cords for Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”
- 2011, The Real Tuesday Weld, “Let It Come Down”
- 2011, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love – Twelfth Night, Stratford Festival Theatre
- 2022, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love – Jazz version, Missa Iubileum Aureum: Golden Jubilee Jazz Mass, sung by Tierney Sutton & Kurt Elling.
Lyrical Inspiration: Other Compositions:
Above, you can listen to a compilation of compositions of Come Live With Me and Be My Love. The most interesting is “Drehpehsehtotylpers’hpmynehT” where the artist Tillisoj used “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” recited by Tillisoj and Nicole Payton. As you can tell after listening to some of these, they are all unique and evoke a different aspect of the poem.
Many composers and musicians have been inspired by Marlowe’s ballad. While some of these inspirations are taken from the poem itself without regard or knowledge of Corkine’s tune, others have written their own compositions to Marlowe’s ballad. One example is a composition by Dr. Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778), Come Live With Me And Be My Love. A Favorite Scotch Song. Sung by Miss Cately at the Rotunda.7 This tune was composed for the piano and voice. Thomas Arne was an English composer, chiefly of dramatic music and song.8 Less than a decade later, another composition by John Liptrot Hatton (1809-1886), an English musical composer, conductor, pianist and singer, was published in his Vocal Beauties: A Collection Songs and Ballads.9 This tune was also composed for the piano and voice. J.L. Hatton’s “Come Live With Me” was used in the 1941 movie “Come Live With Me”! (You can listen to the opening credits here; the singing starts at 0:57).
In about 1846 the composer William Sterndale Bennett, an English composer, pianist, conductor and music educator, set the poem to a four-part madrigal meant to be sung “with spirit.”10 Known composer and jazz musician George Shearing’s (1919-2011) “Live With Me and Be My Love” was published in his Songs and Sonnets (Shakespeare), which contained compositions adapted from Shakespeare songs and sonnets, for choir. In celebration of George Shearing’s 75th birthday, English composer and Choral conductor John Rutter wrote his Birthday Madrigals (1995) at the invitation of Brian Kay, conductor of the Cheltenham Bach Choir. The composition “Come Live With Me” was also a choir piece.
Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” or “Come Live With Me and Be My Love” also inspires works that cross over mediums and genres. In 1883, British composer Théophile Henri or “Theo” Marshals and Walter Crane, one of the most influential illustrators of the late Victorian period in England, came together to produce Pan Pipes, which coupled Marhsals’ music with the work of Christina Rossetti and the illustrations of Walter Crane. Pan Pipes is a collection of forty traditional English ballads. The compositions were meant for the piano.12 This book included “Come Live With Me” or, as it is labeled in the Table of Contents, The Passionate Shepherd.
1 Ford, J, and Speed, Lancelot. “Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” The Blue Poetry Book, 7th Edition. 1896, p. 135-36.
2 Jacobs, Frank. “Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” Great Poems Rewritten to Reflect the Freaky, Greedy, Rotten World of Today, MAD #181, 1976.
3 Prima, Diane Di. “The Passionate Hipster to His Chick.” Earthling: Poems 1957-1959, compiled by Alan S. Marlowe, 1968, p. 2.
4 Crane, Walter. “The Passionate Shepherd (H.E.W Image).” An Artist’s Reminiscences, The Macmillan Company, 1907, p. 187.
5 Marshals, Theophilus, Crane,Walter, Evans, Edmund, and Rogers, Bruce. Pan-pipes: A Book of Old Songs. George Routledge and Sons, 1883, The Visual Telling of Stories.
6 Jacobs, Frank. “Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” Great Poems Rewritten to Reflect the Freaky, Greedy, Rotten World of Today, MAD #181, 1976.
7 Arne, Dr. Thomas. Come Live With Me And Be My Love. A Favorite Scotch Song. Sung by Miss Cately at the Rotunda. Johns Hopkins University, Levy Sheet Music Collection, Box 065, Item 016.
8 “Thomas Arne”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2016.
9 Hatton, John Liptrot. Vocal Beauties. A Collection Songs and Ballads. The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University.
10 Bush, Geoffrey; Hurd, Michael, eds. “Come Live With Me.” Invitation to the Partsong, Stainer & Bell, 974, pp. 32-35.
11 National Gallery of Canada. Library and Archives, Crane, Walter, 1845-1915 and Dombowsky, Philip Illustrated books by Walter Crane. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2007.
12 Marshals, Theophilus, Walter Crane, Edmund Evans, and Bruce Rogers. Pan-pipes: A Book of Old Songs. George Routledge and Sons, 1883, The Visual Telling of Stories.