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VALENTINE'S DAY
[ Also see Holidays Valentines ]

My valentine I pray that thou wilt be,
  Not for a day, but for eternity.
      - Charles Nelson Douglas

It was Shakespeare's notion that on this day birds begin to couple; hence probably arose the custom of sending fancy love-billets.
      - Washington Irving

All birds during the pairing season become more or less sentimental, and murmur soft nothings in a tone very unlike the grinding-organ repetition and loudness of their habitual song. The crow is very comical as a lover; and to hear him trying to soften his croak to the proper Saint-Preux standard has something the effect of a Mississippi boatman quoting Tennyson.
      - James Russell Lowell

And now the lads and lasses, following the example of the birds, bill and coo together.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Now all nature seemed in love, and birds had drawn their valentines.
      - Sir Henry Wotton


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