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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes

"Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes" was (and still is) a popular English song with lyrics from Ben Jonson's 1616 poem "To Celia." The tune is of unknown origin, composed some time after 1770.


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!

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