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Happy Hearts Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Valentine Overload


Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....


from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
jan_u_wine
Feb. 14th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
How lovely! thank you and happy Heart's Day to you and yours, as well! (sharing on F/B, hope you don't mind!)
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 24th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this - that's lovely! <3
xjenavivex
Feb. 14th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)

Happy Hearts Day

eldritchhobbit
Feb. 24th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
And to you!
acciochocolate
Feb. 14th, 2016 09:36 pm (UTC)
Happy Hearts Day!
Those English poets were great!
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 24th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Hearts Day!
They were indeed! :)
sittingduck1313
Feb. 15th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
And now Happy Discount Chocolate Day.
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