St. Valentine on St. Valentine’s Day

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Saint Valentine

Today is Valentine’s Day and to gain some insight on this celebration we are joined by St. Valentine himself, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

St. Valentine: It’s my pleasure Kenny, and I want to wish everyone a wonderful day today, filled with warmth and affection.

Kenny: I was going to ask you for your thoughts about the holiday of which you are the patron, but I get the sense you are well pleased with it?

St. Valentine: Oh I am! It was Chaucer, of course, who gave the day its focus on love and romance. The Parlement of Foules is one of my very favorite poems. I love the beginning!

A gardyn saw I, ful of blosmy bowes,

Upon a river, in a grene mede,

Ther as swetnesse evermore y-now is,

With floures whyte, blewe, yelowe, and rede;

We are all the better for spending time in such gardens with those we love, even if only in a dream.

Kenny: That really is a lovely passage!  How do you feel about the Holiday itself as we celebrate it today?

St. Valentine: Well, I like the exchange of cards, something physical. Maybe I’m dating myself, being from from the 3rd century, but I do think too much communication today is ephemeral, and to me Valentine’s Day is all about the expression of permanence.

Kenny: Not at all. I couldn’t agree more. Are there any Valentine’s Day traditions you particularly like.

St. Valentine:  I favor the idea of reading something to your loved one, either something you’ve written yourself or a favorite passage.

Kenny: That is a nice idea. Can you share another favorite passage with us?

St. Valentine:  Sure. This is from Prometheus Bound! 

Music is in the sea and air,

Winged clouds soar here and there,

Dark with the rain new buds are dreaming of:

Tis Love, all Love!

Kenny: Thank you so much!

St. Valentine: Not at all!

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