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Think, women still to strive with men
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
But soft! enough, -too much, I fear;
Yet will she blush, here be it said,
Live with me and be my love",
There will we sit upon the rocks,
There will I make thee a bed of roses,
7 She will not stick to warm my ear,] So the manuscript in our possession : “ The Passionate Pilgrim," 1599, has it,
“She will not stick to round me on th' ear," which cannot be right. Malone has it
“She will not stick to ring my ear;" but on what authority (probably his MS.) he does not mention.
& Live with me and be my love,] This poem, here incomplete, and what is called “ Love's Answer,” here still more imperfect, may be seen at length in Percy's “ Reliques," Vol. i. p. 237, edit. 1812. They belong to Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh : the first is assigned by name to Marlowe in “England's Helicon," 1600, (sign. A 2) and the last appears in the same collection, under the name of Ignoto, which was a signature sometimes adopted by Sir Walter Raleigh. They are, besides, given to both these authors in Walton's “ Angler” (p. 149, edit. 1808) under the titles of “The Milk-maid's Song," and " The Milk-maid's Mother's Answer."
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
If that the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd's tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move, To live with thee and be thy love.
As it fell upon a day'
9 As it fell upon a day] This poem is contained in R. Barnfield's “Encomion of Lady Pecunia," 1598. It is also inserted in “ England's Helicon," 1600, (H 2) under the signature of Ignoto : it there follows "My flocks feed not,” and is entitled “Another of the same Shepherd's.” Barnfield excluded it from the . edition of his “Encomion” in 1605, probably because he knew that he had no property in it.
i Which a GROVE of myrtles made,] Some modern editors state, that in “ England's Helicon," 1600, "grove" is printed group : the fact is otherwise ; the mistake having arisen from not consulting the original edition of that poetical miscellany: "grove" is also the word in Barnfield's “Encomion," 1598; but it is group in the reprint of “ England's Helicon” in 1812. This blunder seems to have misled those who trusted to the reprint.
Ah ! thought I, thou mourn'st in vain ;
Whilst as fickle fortune smil'd',
Careless of thy sorrowing.] “ England's Helicon," 1600, alone here adds this couplet :
“Even so, poor bird, like thee,
None alive will pity me." 3 Whilst as fickle fortune smil'd,] This is the last poem in "The Passionate Pilgrim," 1599. It is a separate production, both in subject and place, with a slight division (but no heading) between it and the poem which precedes it: nevertheless they have been coupled in some modern editions, most likely because they are found erroneously united in Barnfield's “ Encomion," 1598.
If thou sorrow,
THE PHENIX AND TURTLE".
Let the bird of loudest lay,
But thou shrieking harbinger,
From this session interdict
Let the priest in surplice white,
4 The Phoenix and Turtle.] This poem is printed, as we have given it, with the name of Shakespeare, in Robert Chester's “Love's Martyr, or Rosalin's Complaint," 160). It occurs near the end, among what are called on the titlepage " new Compositions of several modern Writers, whose names are subscribed to their several Works."
And thou, treble-dated crow,
Here the anthem doth commence:
So they lov'd, as love in twain
Hearts remote, yet not asunder, Distance, and no space was seen "Twixt the turtle and his
queen; But in them it were a wonder.
So between them love did shine,
Property was thus appallid,
Reason, in itself confounded,
That it cried, how true a twain
Whereupon it made this threne