More on the pastoral invitation


More on the pastoral invitation: An example of this conventional aspect in the pastoral genre is seen in Christopher Marlowe's 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.

However, it is also worth reading Walter Raleigh's witty riposte to this idea, The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd:

Time drives the flocks from field to fold
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold,
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yields;
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.


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