I chuse thee now, my Valantine.


MS 3101/C/D/83/1

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we have been searching the archives for a little romance.

Amongst the papers of the Galton Family (MS 3101) we found a curious verse addressed to ‘Howard’ – in this case John Howard Galton.

Howard, – long I’ve sigh’d for thee_!!!
Thou no Love has breath’d to me;_
Give me thy Love_ I’ll give thee mine;
I chuse thee now, my Valantine!
How long, alas! _ I’ve secret pined;
Thy graceful image fills my mind;
I’ve envied oft, that witching smile
Neglected whilst I sat the while;
Oft have I tried to catch thy glance;
I’ve watcht thee thro’ the mazy dance;
More favord Nymphs were always nigh,
And I was passd neglected by!!!_
I wish thee not to see me now;
My griefs o’ercast my sadden’d brow
My eyes, alas, are dim’d with tears,
My face, like Niobis, appears;
Give me thy vows!_ thoult see me then,
Array’d in all my charms again!_
My head with garlands all adorning,
I’ll meet thee then, dress’d like May morning!_
I’ll count my charms!_ I’ll tell each grace!_
That thou mayst know thy true-Love’s face;
Neglectful pass it not, again;
The Cynosure to other men!_!

The verses continue over four pages but sadly we don’t know whether true love blossomed as the sender remains unidentified.

For more inspiration for your Valentine’s Day, why not visit our Valentines galleries.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!


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