There is a long history of Valentine's verses being composed and sent to one's beloved. Here is the end of a flowery one from 1843. It is part of Houghton's autograph collection, and is presumed to be by John Palfrey (1796-1881). [Autograph File (Palfrey, John Gorham)]⠀
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Lady fair and lady bright - ⠀
Eyes of beauty sparkling light,⠀
Lady from the realms above⠀
When all is harmony and love,⠀
Lady of a heavenly birth⠀
Too much alas! for this dull earth⠀
Lady fair, be, lady, mine⠀
Take this for your Valentine.⠀
February 14, 1843⠀
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#valentinesday #palfrey #poetry #verse #1843 #19thcentury #modern #autograph #houghtonlibrary #librariesofinstagram⠀
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  • houghtonlibThere is a long history of Valentine's verses being composed and sent to one's beloved. Here is the end of a flowery one from 1843. It is part of Houghton's autograph collection, and is presumed to be by John Palfrey (1796-1881). [Autograph File (Palfrey, John Gorham)]⠀

    Lady fair and lady bright - ⠀
    Eyes of beauty sparkling light,⠀
    Lady from the realms above⠀
    When all is harmony and love,⠀
    Lady of a heavenly birth⠀
    Too much alas! for this dull earth⠀
    Lady fair, be, lady, mine⠀
    Take this for your Valentine.⠀
    February 14, 1843⠀

    #valentinesday #palfrey #poetry #verse #1843 #19thcentury #modern #autograph #houghtonlibrary #librariesofinstagram

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