Classics: Song: To Celia (Drink to me only with thine eyes)

19 thoughts on “Classics: Song: To Celia (Drink to me only with thine eyes)”

  1. Robert Herrick

    To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying:
    And this same flower that smiles to-day
    To-morrow will be dying.

    The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
    The higher he’s a-getting,
    The sooner will his race be run,
    And nearer he’s to setting.

    That age is best which is the first,
    When youth and blood are warmer;
    But being spent, the worse, and worst
    Times still succeed the former.

    Then be not coy, but use your time,
    And while ye may, go marry:
    For having lost but once your prime,
    You may for ever tarry.

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      1. I couldn’t help it. I adore the guy and the first association with roses and rosebuds was….well, guess who. Doesn’t matter, you can still make a post out of it.
        You too stole my idea -an Ode to…. Hm….But, I’m still doing it. It’s a different kind of an ode though, so you’ll see.
        My point here being, finish what you started, baby girl. Don’t mind me.

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      1. Yes, enjoying life, engaging in physical pleasures while they’re still young (in full bloom, i.e while the Sun is still shining). The time’s flying fast and unless they do so, the flowers will wither, that is the Sun will set. He also advises them to marry while still young, not to be coy and procrastinate.
        Perfect, isn’t it? Do you know he was a pastor?

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      2. Imagine him preaching sermons on sin.

        Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
        Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
        That liquefaction of her clothes.

        Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
        That brave vibration each way free,
        O how that glittering taketh me!

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      3. Check this out.

        Herrick became a country pastor in 1629, but when upon the advent of the English Civil War he remained loyal to his king, he was ousted from his post by the Puritans, who closed the theaters and taverns—and eventually executed the king. This political exile deprived Herrick of his living and cut him off from the possibility of returning to London.


  2. Ok. You got me to get out my favorite book of English poets. A book that my mother gave me from her high school. The copyright is 1905. When I start reading in it, I start reading every poem in the book. The 1 page to the 10 page ones. Thanks! Just when I needed something else in my life to keep me busy.

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