Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes")
by Ben Jonson
Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes") Resources
Ben Jonson's page on Luminarium.org includes a bio, some of his writings, essays on his work, and more.
Ben Jonson is buried at Westminster's Abbey's Poet's Corner. Read a bit about his life and also his grave. Weirdly, he was buried standing in an upright position
A discussion of the different people named Philostratus. One of these Philostratuses (Philostrati?) was the guy who wrote the letters Jonson based "To Celia" on.
Set to Music
A guy, a girl, and a woodwind specialist jam "To Celia."
The Man in Black does a great, somber, country-ish version of "To Celia." This is really awesome.
A very operatic and beautiful performance of "To Celia."
Another beautiful operatic version of the song with a pretty picture of a rose accompanying.
Read Out Loud
Some old guy reads "To Celia" in a good poetry-reading voice.
A famous painting of Jonson, probably around middle age.
The woman who may have inspired "To Celia."
A picture of Ben Jonson's headstone in Westminster Abbey.
Some poems written in Jonson's own hand.