|A lace Valentine Card from the 1890s.|
|A postcard Valentine circa 1910.|
To-morrow is Saint Valentine's Day,
All in the morning be tie,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
Ah, what a lover that Hamlet must have been. In more recent history (1784) Gammer Gurton's Garland, an English writer of nursery rhymes, wrote:
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 be my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you.
Ah, love is pure joy. In the United States the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced in the mid-1840s.
|Traditional Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart.|