Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals (4-8)
Nature, which holds the very essence of purity, is analogous to his naive infatuation. He places himself and his love interest in a picturesque landscape where they lounge on rocks by a cascading river and submerse in the serenity of the moment while the shepherds lead their flocks and the birds chirp in harmony (4-8). “And I will make thee beds of roses / And a thousand fragrant posies,” says Marlowe’s speaker adding to the proposal (8-9). He is suggesting endless bounty implying that roses will always be in bloom. Thus, everyday he will have countless sweet-scented roses to delight her senses (8-9). His invitation is laden with idealized romance, surrounded by a calming aura, which induces euphoria. Marlowe’s invitation is innocent flirtation characterized with idealism. He promises momentary contentment; his proposal is outright fantastical—gleaming with delight and topped with an...