Drink To Me Only
Ben Jonson, 1500-tallet

Drink to me only with thine eyes,

and I will pledge with mine;

or leave a kiss within the cup,

and 1'11 not ask for wine;

the thirst that from the soul doth rise,

doth ask a drink divine;

but might I of love's nectar sip,

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.