For medium high voice solo and piano accompaniment High voice Medium-High. Since this therefore results in 5 verses, I decided to transpose the last verse up a tone following the fashion of many pop songs! The first stanza is saying that the woman who is being spoken to is told that she should acknowledge him with her eyes rather than a drink and he would do the same to her. It has remained alive and popular for over three hundred years, and it is safe to say that no other work by Jonson is so well known. As before, each instrument gets a turn to play the tune, and the fourth instrument leads as a solo. The sound sample is an electronic preview. His Works have been edited by Gifford, and more recently by….
Jonson, who died in 1637, was a contemporary, a rival, and indeed probably a friend, of William Shakespeare. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Joves nectar sup, I would not change for thine. It was arranged as a song in the 19th century, apparently by Colonel Mellish 1777-1817. Although best known for his plays, his poem, 'To Celia', - transformed into the song 'Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes', has not only survived, but propspered in the years since his death. His history and dramatic abilities are well known to all students of English literature. I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much honoring thee As giving it a hope, that there It could not withered be.
Because of the title, we're guessing she's named Celia. Who the heck is Jove? New York: Columbia University Press, 1936. Arrangement of an English traditional melody to which the 17th century playwright Ben Jonson added the words: 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. For example, instead of the D7 at the end of the first, third and seventh lines of each verse, you may like to play an A minor chord. As before, each instrument gets a turn to play the tune, and the alto clarinet leads as a solo. It is not extremely clear whether or not the woman loves the man as he loves her, but when I looked into the poem, I thought it was very possible that she did love him.
Composed by Benjamin Britten 1913-1976. A version of the song was recorded privately by Cash at his home and released posthumously on the album. Lyrics Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss within the cup, And I'll not ask for wine. It is two stanzas long with eight lines in each stanza. Although only one is not borrowed from Philostratus, the piece is a unified poem, and its glory is Jonson's. I found this interesting because the name in our book is so different.
After analyzing this poem and doing research on it, I understand it a lot better. He is considered a very prominent playwright, with some of his most famous works being the plays The Alchemist and Volpone. This could mean that he is so in love that he does not need to drink to feel happy. Quilter's setting was included in the , published in 1950. The next lines tell that the woman sent the flowers back to him after breathing on them, but now the flowers grow and never die.
I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much hon'ring thee As giving it a hope that there It could not withered be; But thou thereon did'st only breathe, And sent'st it back to me, Since when it grows and smells, I swear Not of itself, but thee. Ben Jonson, , page 829. 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! And on the sixth line a sequence of Am, C and D7 chords will work just as well as Em, Am and D7. This seems unlikely since Jonson's poem was to an entirely different melody in 1756 by Elizabeth Turner. 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.
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. Dovaston, in The Monthly Magazine 1815, 123f. For Recitals, Concerts and Contests. He died in London, Aug. 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. With poetry, every word counts. Source: Author: Ben JonsonJonson, Benjamin, commonly known as Ben Jonson, the son of a clergyman, was born at Westminster in 1573, and educated at Westminster School, and St.
The second stanza begins with the man sending the woman flowers. Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes To Celia - Chords, Lyrics and Origins Origins Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes' lyrics are by the English Playwright and poet,. I really enjoy it and now really understand what it was about. Drink to me only with thine eyes And I will pledge with mine. Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss within the cup And I'll not ask for wine. Also, in the biographies that I read about him, there was never a mention of anyone named Celia.