Thursday, October 19, 2006


D., Happy Birthday on your special day!!!!

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

I sent thee late a rosey wreath,
Not so much honoring thee
As giving it hope that there
It could not withered be;
But thou thereon didst only breath,
And sent'st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself but thee!

Ben Johnson
(1572-1637)
Je t'aime ma cher
Bonne anniversaire
rel

17 Comments:

Anonymous madd said...

How very lovely..beautiful thoughts and a beautiful picture of love..thanks so much for sharing..m

10:22 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

I always think of that as a song! Thanks for reminding me its also a poem!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the smell of love. often overlooked. never forgotten.

you are a sweet man.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Lucky D! Can't imagine my husband ever saying or writing anything like that.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Oh! and a very Happy Birthday to D - I hope she has a wonderful day.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Beautiful picture, beautiful poem and a perfect post.

I hope it all makes D. feel amazing and lucky.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dear, Sweet Husband REL
"Drink to me only with thine eyes" was one of the very first pieces I learned to play on the piano!!-Many years ago, I might add!!!
Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming me today-
Just delivered to our house was a beautiful bouquet of flowers and candles! This on top of the earlier gifts- New perfume, new desk clock.........!And a beautiful card!
You have made my Birthday very special.
Love & kisses
D.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you! It's been so long since I've read anything of Ben Johnson!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This gives me chills. How special to get to peek inside what is so obviously a strong, enduring love.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Happy birthday to your lovely D! :)

Beautiful post, rel. I still say that I'm married to the world's biggest romantic fool, but you obviously run a close second. ;)

7:44 PM  
Anonymous r's musings said...

Beautiful! What a thoughtful husband. It's nice to know there are a few out there, my husband included. Cheers, and Happy Birthday to D.
--Robin

8:05 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Happy Birthday D!!! I was going to say I hope your day was a wonderful one but from your comment I can see it was:-) You certainly have a very caring and loving husband...he has become such a dear friend to many of us in this world of blogging and I for one consider myself very lucky to have "met" such a friend!! Very best wishes and take good care of each other:-) Hugs xox

8:32 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

How sweet Rel!!! You are a good man and she is one lucky woman!

12:08 AM  
Blogger Grish said...

Happy, Happy day!

1:56 AM  
Blogger jellyhead said...

Aw Rel, you said it so well with this beautiful poem!

Happy birthday to your sweetie!

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Alison said...

What a sweet birthday wish!

8:11 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

What a wonderful birthday tribute to your beautiful wife! I'm sure you had a special celebration.

3:19 AM  

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