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On St Valentine, all the birds of the air in
couples do join.
St Valentine, set thy hopper by mine (a hopper
is a seed-basket)
On St Valentine’s Day cast beans in clay,
but on St Chad sow good or bad. (St Chad’s Day is March 2)
On Valentine’s Day, will a good goose lay;
if she be a good goose, her dame well to pay, she will lay two
eggs before Valentine’s Day.
"Never sign a valentine with your own
"Nunc scio quid sit Amor"
("At last I know what Love is really like")
music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O! it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violents.
Stealing and giving odour!"
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night