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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Monday—10 Literary Ways to Say "I Love You"


1.  "Adieu - Dearest, most beloved little wife - Take care of your health - and don't think of walking into town. Do write and tell me how you like our new quarters - Adieu. I kiss you millions of times."  --Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 17 Oct 1790.  Letter to his wife, Constanze


2.  "Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together - Be calm - love me - today - yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - you - my life - my all - farewell. Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine
ever mine
ever ours"

--Ludwig van Beethoven, 7 July 1812.  Letter to his "immortal beloved," Antonie Brentano


3.  Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;


Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


--William Shakespeare, Fair Youth Sequence, first edition 1609, Sonnet XVIII

4.  "Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire."  --Napolean Bonaparte, December 1795, Letter to his wife, Josephine


5.  I love your hills, and I love your dales,
And I love your flocks a-bleating;
But O, on the heather to lie together,
With both our hearts a-beating!
--John Keats, From "You Devon Maid," Stanzas sent in a letter to friend, Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1818

6.  "You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.  --Dr. Suess
7.  "Come live in my heart and pay no rent."  --Samuel Lover, Poems published in 1839
8.  "Soul meets soul on lovers' lips."  --Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
9.  "Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee."  --English saying used on poesy rings

10.  "I can no longer think of anything but you.  In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you.  I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me."  --Honore de Balzac, Letter to Evelina Hanska, June 1836