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Thread #12986   Message #104939
Posted By: SingsIrish Songs
14-Aug-99 - 12:57 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drink to Me Only with Thine E
From Folk Music from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America

"The origin of the tune is not known. It does not appear earlier than around 1770. The words are Ben Johnson's poem, "To Celia", written in 1616.

Best Loved Songs of the American People states the tune is sometimes attributed to Mozart, but that there is no verification of the fact. Sir Walter Scott used the tune for a song County Guy. It has also been credited to Colonel Mellish."

I think I have the chords someplace and will add them as soon as I find them.

~ SingsIrish Songs

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine.
Or leave a kiss within the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sip,
I would not change for thine