This gold and ivory card is trimmed with white, perforated lace around a cameo center. The cameo image is that of a woman, at sunset, standing next to flowering bush; she is holding piece of paper in her hand and is looking down at the hound standing next to her. The woman is dressed in a blue dress, trimmed with pink and is wearing a red hat with an ivory plume. Text inside the card entitled, "Valentine" reads: Fair lady, as thou roamest o'er the lea,/?When fades the crimson from the western sky,/Of my heart-longings like the birds could fly,/The very air would speak to thee of me./Oh! happy, happy is the faithful hound/that unforbidden at thy side can pace,/Happy the breeze that fans thy gentle face,/The very ribbon round they fair waist bound./I envy these, and all, but need I tell/My fond love-fancies to indifferent ears,/My joys and pains, my doubts, my hopes and fears,/Known to all hapless lovers but too well?/Then, mistress mine, my love-role read to-day,/though from thy dear loved presence I'm debarred,/Grant me at length my long-deferred reward,/Of pause, ere sending a true heart away.
Dogs; Flowers; Greeting cards; Hats; Paper craft; Sunset; Valentines; Verses (Poetry); Women
Marcus Ward & Co Ent. Sta. Hall. (London)
18.75 x 15 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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