Forever and a Day
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Mark Kodama
Can I compare my love to a summer’s day?
My darling Jennifer you are much more.
You will be my wife once I have my way.
For your wit, goodness and grace I adore.
Smell the scented perfume in your dark hair,
That floats across the room, filling the air,
And for your round black eyes that dance and shine,
I will walk through fire to make you mine.
I am like grains of sand upon the beach,
You are like the infinite ocean blue
With each greenish blue wave’s white crested reach,
Sweetest darling princess, lovely and true.
Take another part of me
Oh my lovely lady take all of me.
If patience is the purchase price to sway,
Your heart and your love will not be hurried,
I’ll gladly wait forever and a day,
For the night that my love is requited,
I will lay siege to your battlement walls,
And assail your ramparts with my passion,
By gentle wooing bring down its fall,
And thus prove my sincerest devotion.
If then you will not let me in your heart,
I will patiently camp outside your fort,
Come wind, rain and snow, I will never part,
Each morn I will sound love calls on my mort,
On bended knee I will offer my life.
Until the day you are my wedded wife.
Read the next poem in this short series here.