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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Song—To Celia: ‘Drink to me only with thine eyes’ (from The Forest)
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
DRINK 1 to me only with thine eyes,
  And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
  And I ’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise,        5
  Doth ask a drink divine:
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
  I would not change for thine.
 
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
  Not so much honouring thee,        10
As giving it a hope, that there
  It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
  And sent’st it back to me:
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,        15
  Not of itself, but thee.
 
Note 1. From the (prose) love-letters of Philostratus the younger (about 250 A.D.). [back]
 
 
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