The Rhyme Maker
Theme: Love and Romance
Rhyme List: Audios/Videos
To Celia) is
one of the most recognized poems in the English language. Written by
poet/playwright Ben Jonson (a contemporary of Shakespeare's), Jonson
actually lifted the gist of the verse from the love letters of an
ancient Greek by the name of Philostratus (c. 210). The song, first set
music in the 18th century, has received numerous renderings.
favorite is from Country Music legend Johnny Cash: Cash and
Elizabethan poetry – you can't beat that!
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- S. H. Bass
Jonson (1573-1637), English playwright and poet
to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honoring thee
giving it a hope that there
It could not withered be;
thereon didst only breathe,
And sent'st it back to me;
when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself but thee!
from The Forest
Ben Jonson at Project Gutenberg