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Do Remember Valentine

For those who celebrate or not, the tale of how it all began, to whom this day's celebration found its humble beginnings. Read, but do not weep, he did all for love.

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Valens, you are esteemed worthy,
at the Via Flaminia you lay:
Valentinus offered up in faith.
Your deeds aren't known in our day.

In this life you wed young couples;
an act the Emperor would not permit.
And though your grace the monarch received,
your execution he did transmit.

Alas, with clubs and stones they came,
challenged by your fortitude great;
whose blows did not complete the deed -
your head severed at Flaminian's Gate.

These days we celebrate Valentine,
dedicate and plan for those we love;
oblivious to how it all began-
the depth of love known only Above.

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For those who celebrate or not, the tale of how it all began, to whom this day's celebration found its humble beginnings. Read, but do not weep, he did all for love.

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'Break, break break on thy cold grey stones, O Sea.'

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As I had not assumed it had roots which everything does

I would have not guessed it, where it not a keen primary school interest in myths, lore, legends, folk stories, & oral histories. That two has its own magic & imaginative aspects, just like poetry. An awe inspiring combination, at least I think so. Thanks for your kind words in response.

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'Break, break break on thy cold grey stones, O Sea.'

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