To Celia

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"To Celia" is a poem first published after March 1616 by Ben Jonson. It was set to music after 1770, in the form of the song Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, the poem's first line.

Drink 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

        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

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,

        Not of itself, but thee.