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

Pictorial valentine

c. 1880, Marcus Ward & Co.
Artist: Kate Greenaway
References: Printed Kate Greenaway 301

One of a series of cards entitled Youth of Sir Joshua's Day issued with verses for Christmas, New Year, birthday, and Valentine's Day.

On front:

Dear child! This Valentine has come to-day
From one who loves thee, and is far away. 

On back:

VALENTINE

DEAR CHILD! this Valentine has come to-day
From one who loves thee, and is far away:
Who longed to send some wishes kind to thee,
Who hopes that many joyous years thou'll see.
The robin has been singing all the day,
From their snug homes the birds have flown to play;
The blue-belled gentian and the celandine,
Thje laurustinus and the crocus, shine;
To-day the world is all astir with mirth,
For Winter's going fast, and this fair earth
Will soon again be crowned with fruits and flowers,
And summer birds will sing from leafy bowers,
And all around will look so sweet and fair:
So may'st thou, darling, in life's pleasures share.
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