Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine of the Day: Pure as the Lily

Pure as the lily or the modest rose,
Sweet as the stream that gently flows,
Bright as the stars that shone above.
My constant love to thee, dear,
My constant love to thee.

Sadly, the second verse is somewhat unreadable.  However, the top of this beautiful Valentine card reads with the verse above.  This lithograph has been hand-painted in watercolor and depicts  a bird delivering a letter to a woman in a red and yellow gown. She holds a card with a heart on it in her left hand.

This greeting was made in England in the mid-Nineteenth Century.  

Valentine Card
The Victoria & Albert Museum

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