VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

Come, My Celia, Let Us Prove

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 lost 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.

-from Volpone

Volpone includes this song in his assault on the virtuous wife Celia, to whose husband, Corvino, the "easier ears" in line 13 belong. The model for the beginning of this poem seems to be much the same lines from Catullus as inspired Campion's "My Sweetest Lesbia"