A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentine Cards at the Lilly Library

Pictorial valentine

Not dated.
Each rose is this bouquet pulls forward to reveal a wish for the
Valentine: Health, Longlife, Success, Joy, Happiness (center rose).
One rose has been lost, revealing only the wish for Prosperity.

The whole bouquet of roses and foliage can be pulled forward to reveal this verse:

Believe not the old
  woman's fable
That oaths are as 
  short as a kiss:
I'll love you as long
  as I'm able,
And swear for no
  longer than this.

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