Drink to me only with…… The immortal love song

06 Sep

Rosy wreath
The song “Drink to me only with thine eyes” was written by Ben Jonson in his poem “Song to Celia” in the year 1616, yes exactly 400 years ago. This immortal western song inspired Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore to compose a song in Bengali (Rabindra Sangeet) “কতবার ভেবেছিনু আপন ভুলিয়া” (“Katobar bhebechinu apano bhulia”) in 1885. The lyric of the beautiful western song goes like this :

“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 sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear, Not of itself but thee!”

This western song and the Tagore’s composition “কতবার ভেবেছিনু আপন ভুলিয়া” are presented here. Both the songs sung by the same versatile singer have been put in a single video which can be accessed (my you-tube channel) by this link  : Listen both the songs here.

The lyric of the Tagore’s Bengali Song (Rabindra Sangeet) is also given below :

কতবার ভেবেছিনু আপনা ভুলিয়া LYRIC


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4 responses to “Drink to me only with…… The immortal love song

  1. Somali K Chakrabarti

    07/09/2015 at 7:29 AM

    What a beautiful song !

  2. Anil C. Mandal

    07/09/2015 at 11:35 PM

    Thank you so much for liking the song! No doubt the song is beautiful !

  3. Ben

    04/07/2018 at 8:17 PM

    Thank you for this article. I love the song. I didn’t know Tagore did a Bengali version.

    • Anil

      04/07/2018 at 8:31 PM

      Tagore was inspired and wrote a song in Bengali which is different from the English one. It was mentioned because he loved the Eng song and got inspiration to write a Bengali song.


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