The imagery contained in this poem emphasizes its status as an example of the pastoral tradition. The pastoral in literature is a genre that romanticizes a rural, rustic lifestyle, which is portrayed as exemplifying the best that life has to offer: the beauty of nature, the wholesomeness of living outdoors, and the pleasures of making a living off the land via farming or animal husbandry. We see the pastoral reflected in poetry from this period, and also through various characters in Shakespeare (like the shepherds Salvias and Phebe in As You Like It).
Of course, this would be a hard sell for a man trying to convince a fine lady to be his wife. The poem is written in the voice of the shepherd, who tries his best to convince his lady that her life will be filled with fine and beautiful things. At first, the descriptions are of objects found within the immediate surroundings: beds of roses, a cap of flowers, and wool pulled from the lambs to make her gown. These are all materials at the shepherd's disposal, and are plausible supplies for the gifts he promises. There then seems to be hint of fantasy and embellishment, because the following stanzas promise the lady things made from silver and gold, and these are mixed in with the natural objects. We see this in the line mentioned: the straw and ivy buds are the natural objects easy to procure, while coral and amber are substances not necessarily found close by or obtained without expense. This line shows the shepherd is willing to make promises he may not be able to keep, and yet like the rest of the poem, it hints at his hope for riches and comfort to help keep his future wife happy. The romantic imagery of the pastoral is maintained throughout the poem.