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Poem: Passionate Shepherd to His Love

There's a delightful swing version of this poem, though it's found in the very dark movie Richard III. But well worth a listen despite the visuals.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dale and field,
And all the craggy mountains yield.

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

There will I make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair linèd 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.

Thy silver dishes for thy meat
As precious as the gods do eat,
Shall on an ivory table be
Prepared each day for thee and me.

The 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.

- C. Marlowe
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Was that the Nazi Richard III, starring Ian McKellen? I saw the original stage version, many years ago. McKellen was deeply impressive. I think the poem was in it too.
I saw the screen version too, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have seen him on the stage. The blockbuster roles he is famous for don't give any idea of the strength of his presence. I remember his one-man Shakespeare show in the late 80s, where he did Juliet's death speech, and at the end of it the entire house was utterly silent, except for the people sniffing back tears.
Oh yes--there's always something about a live performance that's lost in the filming. The actor's connection with the audience can be truly electrifying sometimes.