Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953). med Phyllis Spurr (1908-?) ved klaveret, synger Drink to me only with thine eyes fra Three songs from old English popular songs av Roger Quilter (1877-1953)

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.
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.

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 send’st it back to me:
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear
Not of itself, but thee.

Ben Jonson (1572-1637), Song to Celia etter atheneren Lucius Flavius Philostratus (c.170-c.248).


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