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Drink to me only with thine eyes

traditional air
Old English Popular Songs, pub. 1921
author of text
The Forest

The song ‘Drink to me only’ goes back long before Victorian balladry and must be one of the most famous of all British songs. The words appeared in 1716 in a collection of Ben Jonson’s poems called ‘The Forest’, and its musical setting to an old English air can be traced back at least to around 1780. The present arrangement of that traditional air is by Roger Quilter.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002


Bird Songs at Eventide
Quilter: Songs
Songs my father taught me


Track 6 on CDA67290 [2'19]
Track 11 on CDH55156 [2'45]
Track 33 on CDA66878 [2'28]

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