And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flower, and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle; A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined 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. The shepherds' 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. Time drives the flocks from field to fold, When rivers rage and rocks grow cold; And Philomel becometh dumb; The rest complain 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. Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy bed of roses, Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies, Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten, In folly ripe, in reason rotten.
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd Summary
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (and the Nymph's Reply)
Sir Walter Raleigh One of the most colorful and politically powerful members of the court of Queen Elizabeth I , Raleigh has come to personify the English Renaissance. Born at Hayes Barton, Devonshire, most likely in , Raleigh came from a prominent family long associated with seafaring. In his mid-teens, Raleigh interrupted his education to fight with Huguenot forces in France. Upon his return to England in , he attended Oxford University for two years and left, without earning a degree, to study law in London.
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
He takes the sincere words of the shepherd and shapes them into a rebuttal from the nymph. The theme of time links the two other themes, love and nature, together. However, since Shelley abhorred the realistic materialism, he put his desire into his poetry and used these innocent and pure natural metaphors to foreshadow his aversion to the reality and his fervent adoration to the nature. Skylarks, always considered as the most innocent symbol, are birds of daylight which indicates that they are departed from darkness. Shelley was inspired by skylarks and he implied his joyness of feeling painless from skylarks into the poem.