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A Traditional Valentine

on March 23, 2014

Scan 5 - Version 3From the lovely Maura in the USA comes this cute Valentine’s card – definitely different in theme to the previous one! The history of Valentine’s Day is not easy to decipher. Although there were many martyred Valentines, it is thought that only two (or possibly three) actually relate to the Saint whose day is celebrated on February the 14th, the most famous being Priest Valentine of Rome. Whilst there are many myths and legends surrounding these saints, one thing is known for certain – they were killed for their beliefs by the Romans. It first became a day with connotations of love during the Early Middle Ages, but it was not until the Victorian times (so sweetly depicted in this card) that traditions of gift giving and courtship began to arise. Nowadays it is common to write Valentines cards which are often filled with ‘poetry’ or variants of the old ‘roses are red’ cliché, but did you know that the original of Roses are Red dated back to 1784 and is actually quite beautiful?

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

 

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