Christopher Marlowe's birthday today


Christopher Marlowe was born today in 1564. One of his most famous poems: "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love"  talks of birds and flowers, dancing and singing and pretty lambs.  You’d never think of him as an absolute hooligan! He was involved in a street fight where a man was killed, deported from the Netherlands for trying to forge gold coins and was on the point of being arrested for spreading atheistic beliefs when he was killed in a bar brawl over the bill. 

In 1599 Sir Walter Raleigh wrote a response to The Passionate Shepherd:

If all the world and love were young,

And truths in every Shepherd’s tongue,

These pretty pleasures might me move,

To live with thee and be thy love.

Me too!