What song is related to "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe?

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"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe is an example of a common type of pastoral Renaissance love poem in which a male speaker tries to seduce a young woman by describing the pleasures that will ensue on her yielding to him. The poem most closely related to this is by Walter Raleigh, and called "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd", which was written as a direct response to it. In this, Raleigh provides counterarguments to the shepherd's blandishments.

Many of the carpe diem songs and poems of the Renaissance also have pastoral settings and emphasize seduction. Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" also constructs a scenario of a male speaker persuading young women to enjoy sensual pleasures, as does Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress". 

Although perhaps better known for his more plaintive or profound songs, Dowland's "Come away, come sweet love" is close in setting and style to Marlowe's poem.


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