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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To Celia
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
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 my 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 honoring thee,        10
As giving it a hope that there
  It would not withered be;
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
  And sent it back to me;
Since then it grows and smells, I swear,        15
  Not of itself, but thee.
 
 
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