FROM THE SOUTHWEST
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darlings buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heavens shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair is sometimes declines, By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest, Nor shall death brag thou wanderest in his shade; So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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Saint Valentine the Patron of Love
According to a legend, born in Anglo - Saxon countries, St Valentine used to give the young girls and boys going and seeing him, a flower of his garden. Two of these young people fell in love with each other and got married. St Valentine blessed their marriage and their union was so happy and serene that many other couples wanted the Saint Bishop to bless their marriage.
In order to satisfy the numerous demands, he fixed a day of the year in which he gave all couples his general wedding blessing. For this reason he began to be called protector of engaged people.
Moreover the popular tradition hands down the legend of SABINO and SERAPIA. It enphasizes that love is much stronger than death, when it binds two people in God's name.
Sabino, a pagan roman, centurion and a Christian girl, Serapia, fell in love with each other, but their parents impeded their union because of the persecution of the christians.
However they went on loving each other and Serapia's words and behavious won Sabino who began to be interested in the Christian religion so that at last he asked to become a member of the Christian community. St Valentine explained the mysteres of christian religion to him, took care of them and prepared them for a christian marriage. Everything was ready for the baptism and marriage, when Serapia got phthisis. It was the end of a dream. Sabino didn't want to leave his loved Serapia. So he asked the Saint Bishop to baptize him, marry them and pray to
God to let them die together. And it happened.
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 the 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.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate."
Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts.
And we are never, ever the same.
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