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The story of Saint Valentine is a legend, it is true,  But legends are delightful and very lovely, too.

The legend says Saint Valentine, imprisoned in a cell, was thinking of his little flock he had always loved so well.

He wanted to assure them of his friendship and his love, so he picked a bunch of violets and sent them by a dove.

and on the violets' velvet leaves he pierced these lines divine.
They simply said,
"I love you and I'm your Valentine."

So through the years that followed from that day unto this, folks still send messages of love and seal them with a kiss.

Because a Saint in prison reached outside his bars one day, picked a bunch of violets and sent them out to say That faith and love can triumph no matter where you are,
For faith and love are greater than the strongest prison bar.

Author: Helen Steiner Rice

"Traces Of Love"

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