Valentinus, Love’s sentinel,
who sanctified the heart’s free will,
and knew strength shuns not tenderness,
so enraptured hearts he would bless
and God’s plan he helped to fulfill.
Claudius, Love’s censorial,
denied his soldiers wedding thrills,
then proclaimed a good priest lawless...
Yes, ancient lore, yet now couples
conquer midwinter’s endless chill
with crimson rose, a bold caress,
or words chosen for their sweetness,
True affection hidden until