Versions: This page is an introduction to the many ways one can compare and analyze the various texts (the 1599 The Passionate Pilgrim, 1600 England’s Helicon, 1619-1629 broadside ballad, and the 1875 Golden Treasury) with online textual analysis programs, and the benefits that come from analyzing these versions of Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.”
The poem that we attribute to Marlowe in The Passionate Pilgrim is without title but is referred to by its first line “Live With Me and Be My Love.” This printing only has 4 stanzas and 1 additional “Loves Answer” stanza. The England’s Helicon has six stanzas. Only stanzas I, II, III, and V of The Passionate Pilgrim match stanzas in the England’s Helicon. Modern versions of the poem, those found online and in anthologies, either match the England’s Helicon 6 stanzas or follows the 7 stanzas in Francis Palsgrave’s Golden Treasury.
It is important to note when looking at a text such as this that the printing process used resulted in a number of misspelling and mistakes. The textual analysis software listed below presents you with the same information, but from different angles, to reveal something new about the relationship between the texts.
With the program Voyant, you can explore the popularity of certain words within each text or each individually through a generated word cloud. You can also play with graphs that enable you to see the various spellings of words. Through the program Juxta, you can see a comparison of the differences of each version line by line. From Juxta, I have created a document with all the variations of the original printing in The Passionate Pilgrim noted at the bottom (please note that the parameters of this program count spaces/indents as individual characters, and so the indents have been removed).
- Have fun with a text analysis of the 4 main versions of Marlowe’s ballad: Text analysis through Voyant
- View a textual comparison visualization through Juxta
- View the Come Live With Me Version Annotated Comparison
You can scroll and read the three main versions of the ballad (please note this does not include the 1875 Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics by Francis Palsgrave as it is so similar to the broadside ballad text). This is presented so you can see how different each is in length and arrangement of stanzas.