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on the Lady Elizabeth, and Count Palatine being married on St. Valentine's day
- Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
- All the air is thy Diocese,
- And all the chirping choristers
- And other birds are thy parishioners,
- Thou marryest ever year
- The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
- The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
- The household bird, with the red stomacher;
- Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
- As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
- The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
- And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
- This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
- This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.
- Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
- Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
- All that is nothing unto this,
- For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
- Thou mak'st a Taper see
- What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
- (Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
- Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
- Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
- Are unto one another mutual nests,
- Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
- Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
- Whose love and courage never shall decline,
- But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine.
- Up then fair Phoenix bride, frustrate the Sun,
- Thy self from thine affection
- Takest warmth enough, and from thine eye
- All lesser birds will take their jollity.
- Up, up, fair bride, and call
- Thy stars, from out their several boxes take
- Thy rubies, pearls and diamonds forth, and make
- Thy self a constellation of them all,
- And by their blazing, signify,
- That a Great Princess falls, but doth not die;
- Be thou a new star, that to us portends
- Ends of much wonder; and be thou those ends.
- Since thou dost this day in new glory shine,
- May all men date records from this thy Valentine. . .
- John Donne
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