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Happy Valentine's Day!

To all of you, my friends, a very happy Valentine's Day! :)

Huge thanks to those of you who sent me real and/or virtual Valentines. You made my day.

I will be in Tucson, Arizona for a colloquium on "Liberty, Constitutionalism, and Economic Development" from Thursday-Sunday. I will be back at home and online on Sunday. Until then, take care and have a great weekend!

In honor of today's occasion, a quote:

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"


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Tucson is a lovely city, used to live there. I must admit that I'm quite jealous because we're snowed in and it's quite warm down there.
Feb. 14th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I've loved Tucson every time I've visited. It will be very strange this time, though - I'll start in a city that has a daytime high of 28 degrees, and end up in a city that's 72 degrees. Yikes!

I adore your icon. Byers love!
Feb. 14th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day, EH!
Feb. 14th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And same to you! :)
Feb. 15th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Have a fun, safe trip.

take care,
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks so much! Tucson was wonderful. *hugs*
Feb. 15th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Happy Cheap Chocolate Day!

::shopping with glee::
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
*loves chocolate*
Feb. 17th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Happy belated Valentine's day! Work is keeping me busy, but we had a lovely weekend at Fall Creek Falls. Have fun and be safe in Tuscon.
Feb. 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Your pictures of Fall Creek Falls are breathtaking! I'm so glad you had a good time.
Mar. 29th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
A woman who posts John Donne is someone I would like to know better! May I friend you?
Mar. 30th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
That would be lovely - thanks! :)
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