Who are the characters in the poem, "Song to Celia," by Ben Jonson?

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The poem, "Song to Celia," by Ben Jonson (1572-1637), contains just two characters: a woman named Celia, and an unnamed narrator, who is her lover.  

In the beginning of the poem, the lover pledges his love to Celia.  He asks her to "leave a kiss...in the cup, / And I'll not look for wine."  He says that even if he could taste the nectar of the gods,he would prefer to have Celia's love.

The lover goes on to complain that he has recently sent to Celia "a rosy wreath," but she has sent it back to him.  

Still, the lover has some pleasure from these roses:

Since when it grows and smells, I swear, 15
Not of itself, but thee.