Valentine Day Verses From The Past:
Simple Valentine Poems
Valentine Day verses are a wonderful way to express your feelings of love and romance to that very special someone in your life.
Love notes and letters are specifically attributed to February 14th. The first real reference to Saint Valentine first appears in the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 along with a woodcut portrait of a Roman priest named Valentine who was martyred during the reign of Claudius II (Claudius Gothicus (213 – 270) and Emperor of Rome (268 to 270)).
As the story goes, Valentine would secretly marry Christian couples during a time when Christians were being persecuted by Claudius - providing any help to Christians during this time was considered a crime. (In time, Valentine became known as the "patron of lovers".)
Valentine was caught, arrested and imprisoned. Interestingly enough, Claudius II appeared to take a liking to this particular priest... until, that is, Valentine tried to convert the Emperor to Christianity. This lead to Valentine being condemned to death sometime between A.D. 269 - 273.
Another version has Valentine writing love notes to the daughter of his jailor. Whether this is true or not, nobody knows.
What is known is that from the Victorian age until today, we celebrate February 14th as a day for lovers to express their feelings of passion and romantic interest for one another in the form of love notes, letters and cards. Simple Valentine poems are the perfect way to do this.
So, in order to help you celebrate this beautiful tradition, here are several Valentine Day verses that you can use to express your deepest feelings to the one who has captured your heart.
Romantic Valentine Day Verses From Long Ago
"Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning bedtime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine."
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Shakespeare was an English actor, poet and playwright.
"The hours I spend with you
I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden,
a dim twilight,
and a fountain singing to it.
You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.
Other men it is said have seen angels,
but I have seen thee and thou art enough."
George Moore (1852 - 1933)
Moor was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist.
"If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus a day
So I don't have to live a day without you."
~Winnie the Pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne.
"I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion.
I have shudder'd at it.
I shudder no more.
I could be martyr'd for my religion.
Love is my religion.
And I could die for that.
I could die for you."
~John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Keats was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement.
"Forget me not
No other heart
Can ever be more true than mine
Though many loving friends surround
Thy sunny path, my Valentine"
"Must, bid the Morn awake!
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day's Saint Valentine's.
For that good bishop's sake
Get up and let us see
What beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns."
~Michael Drayton (1563 – 1631)
Drayton was an English poet who came to prominence in the Elizabethan era.
A Valentine to My Wife
by Eugene Field
Accept, dear girl, this little token,
And if between the lines you seek,
You'll find the love I've often spoken
The love my dying lips shall speak
Our little ones are making merry
O'er am'rous ditties rhymed in jest,
But in these words (though awkward very)
The genuine article's expressed.
You are as fair and sweet and tender,
Dear brown-eyed little sweetheart mine,
As when, a callow youth and slender,
I asked to be your Valentine.
What though these years of ours be fleeting?
What though the years of youth be flown?
I'll mock old Tempus with repeating,
"I love my love and her alone!"
And when I fall before his reaping,
And when my stuttering speech is dumb,
Think not my love is dead or sleeping,
But that it waits for you to come.
So take, dear love, this little token,
And if there speaks in any line
The sentiment I'd fain have spoken,
Say, will you kiss your Valentine?
~Eugene Field (1850-1895)
As an American writer, Field was best known for his humorous essays and children's poetry, such as his most famous one – Wynken, Blyken, and Nod. It was in 1879 that he first began to publish his poetry.
More Valentine Day Verses and Quotes
In addition to the above Valentine messages, be sure to check out our selection of Valentine Day Quotes, and Inspirational Love Poems to use on your cards and gifts.
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