ay Lewis is an Irish-born poet and was the Poet Laureate for Great Britain between 1968 and 1972. He also wrote as a mystery writer under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. His younger career was much influenced by his friendship with Auden but over his career he distanced himself from Auden and developed a more traditional style of lyricism. He is the father of the actor Daniel Day-Lewis
Come, live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
Of peace and plenty, bed and board,
That chance employment may afford.
I’ll handle dainties on the docks
And thou shalt read of summer frocks:
At evening by the sour canals
We’ll hope to hear some madrigals.
Care on thy maiden brow shall put
A wreath of wrinkles, and thy foot
Be shod with pain: not silken dress
But toil shall tire thy loveliness.
Hunger shall make thy modest zone
And cheat fond death of all but bone—
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.