Wednesday, February 13, 2008


A gift from my sweetheart

To the Lady Radegund, with Violets
By Venantius Fortunatus c.540

If 'twere the time of lilies,
Or of the crimson rose,
I'd pluck them in the fields for you.
Or my poor garden close:
Small gift for you so rare.

But I can find no lilies,
Green herbs are all I bring.
Yet love makes vetches roses,
And in their shadowing
Hide violets as fair.

For royal is their purple,
And fragrant is their breath,
And to one sweet and royal,
Their fragrance witnesseth
Beauty abiding there.


amandajean said...

thanks so much for your comment on my blog today. it made me LAUGH! I really needed that today. :)

Ashley said...

Awwwww! Beautiful! :) Happy Valentine's!