The day for expressions of love and lust will soon be upon us and as much as I agree with some of the arguments made this week on Semple about Valentine’s Day and its commercial qualities, I have to say that I do enjoy the excuse to feel just a little bit gooey.
I love that fuzzy feeling, but with the advent of text messaging, dating apps and all the other technology out there, I think men today have quite a struggle on their hands to show their romantic side.
So this week I thought I’d keep it brief, and let the men willing to put pen to paper show them how it’s done. If your Valentine’s Day lets you down, all the fuzzy you need is right here.
Napoleon to Josephine, 1795
I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?… My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives!
You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.
Voltaire, sent from The Hague, 1713
I am a prisoner here in the name of the King; they can take my life, but not the love that I feel for you.
Yes, my adorable mistress, tonight I shall see you, if I had to put my head on the block to do it.
For heaven’s sake, do not speak to me in such disastrous terms as you write; you must live and be cautious, beware of Madame your mother as of your worst enemy.
What do I say?
Beware of everybody; trust no one; keep yourself in readiness as soon as the moon is visible, I shall leave the hotel incognito, take a carriage or a chaise, we shall drive like the wind to Sheveningen; I shall take paper and ink with me; we shall write our letters.
If you love me, reassure yourself; and call all you strength and presence of mind to you aid; do not let you mother notice anything, try to have your pictures, and be assured that the menace of the greatest tortures will not prevent me to serve you.
No, nothing has the power to part me from you; our love is based upon virtue, and will last as long as our lives.
Adieu, there is nothing that I will not brave for your sake; you deserve so much more than that.
Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor in 1964
“My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”
Noah to Allie, The Notebook
“My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah.”
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By Olivia Parish