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A gown made of the finest wool

Which from our pretty lambs we pull;

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Detail from the Triumph of Minerva
And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, 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.


Poetry excerpt from The Passionate Shepherd To His Love by Christopher Marlowe. See also The Nymph's Reply To The Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh. Image of textile workers is a detail of a Ferraran fresco entitled 'The Triumph of Minerva' by Francesco del Cossa.

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