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Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes") Steaminess Rating

By Ben Jonson

Steaminess Rating


There really isn't anything super steamy about "To Celia," Yes, there is a guy who wants a girl, and he talks about drinking, but the poem is really about emotions, feelings, love, that sort of thing…not the raunchier, dirtier thing. The very fact that the poem has become an incredibly popular song – check out "Best of the Web" to see that performances range from Johnny Cash to various operatic singers – speaks to its relative lack of racy stuff.