Ben Jonson

(11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637 / London / England)

To Celia - Poem by Ben Jonson

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Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kisse but in the cup,
And Ile not looke for wine.
The thirst, that from the soule doth rise,
Doth aske a drinke divine:
But might I of Jove's Nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee, late, a rosie wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered bee.
But thou thereon did'st onely breath,
And sent'st it back to mee:
Since when it growes, and smells, I sweare,
Not of it selfe, but thee.

Form: Sonnet


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, April 13, 2015


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