Ben Jonson

(11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637 / London / England)

Come, My Celia - Poem by Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove
While we may, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever;
He at length our good will sever.
Spend not then his gifts in vain.
Suns that set may rise again;
But if once we lose this light,
'Tis with us perpetual night.
Why should we defer our joys?
Fame and rumor are but toys.
Cannot we delude the eyes
Of a few poor household spies,
Or his easier ears beguile,
So removed by our wile?
'Tis no sin love's fruit to steal;
But the sweet theft to reveal.
To be taken, to be seen,
These have crimes accounted been.

Comments about Come, My Celia by Ben Jonson

  • Lewisw Findley (3/23/2016 8:03:00 PM)

    Romance indeed, poetry personified (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (3/22/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    Men haven't changed through the centuries. I can clearly see cavemen trying this on- -come on babe, you never know when T Rex might eat us up so let's party now while we can. I have to admit, that poets are smoother than most men. Even so, if I were Celia, I would club the smarmy guy. Cling to your hubby, girl. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (3/22/2016 11:05:00 AM)

    He seems to be suggesting an illicit encounter; that the lovemaking wouldn't be wrong unless it is discovered. Am I interpreting this correctly? (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (3/22/2016 12:46:00 PM)

    Your instincts are right on, Moira. Men can be such smarmy sneaky snakes... even great poets.

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (3/22/2016 8:30:00 AM)

    The poem is about seduction. the theme of time as a pressing factor is used by Andrew Marvel in his poem (To His Coy Mistress) . The shadows of Marvel's poem can be felt as Ben Jonson has definitely been affected by Marvel's poem. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (3/22/2016 8:12:00 AM)

    I wonder if this poem did the job of seduction for which it was obviously intended. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/22/2016 5:04:00 AM)

    May rise again with the muse of love. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/22/2016 3:50:00 AM)

    Ben Johnson in this short and succinct poem - 'Come, My Celia' points to the value of time.
    Before time goes we shall sing songs - wonderful!
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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (3/21/2016 8:16:00 PM)

    Nicely portrayed.. good words..10

    Before time goes
    We shall sing songs

    When remain among
    People and neighbors
    With nothing to harbor

    So my love
    Come near and believe
    We are one and shall remain so
    Before time goes on wane
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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