Philip Hayes
(1738 - 1797)

Hayes : If all the world and love were young : illustration

If all the world and love were young
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"The nymph's answer to the shepherd's invitation "Come live with me"" (Christopher Marlow). Published in The Muses' Delight, 1786.
Lyrics: Sir Walter Raleigh

If all the world and love were young,
And truth in ev'ry shepherd's tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move,
To live with thee and be thy love.

Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle and thy posies,
Soon break, soon wither, soon forgotten;
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,
All these in me no mind can move
To come to thee and be my love.

If youth could last and love still breed,
Had joy no date and age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move,
And I might listen to thy love.