a love-filled day

Valentines Day is known for its loveliness, its passion, its kindness. 
I've always had an admiration for old love letters. 
And valentines day is an wonderful opportunity to add some of these to the House of Tulips.

Whether it is Shakespeare's sonnets of Romeo and Juliet, the love letters of Napoleon to Josephine or Beethoven's words to his "immortal beloved". 

Another beautiful example of this are those written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets of the Portuguese, to her husband Robert Browning.  One of her most famous poems is "How do I love thee"

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

May you have a laughter filled day. 
Filled with exquisite moments, much love and beautiful words. 


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