This early 19th century, hand-crafted valentine was intricately folded into much smaller layers than is depicted in this image. Written to "Ruth Leach" identified as living in Salem in 1804, the hearts change direction to follow the text written. Text between the hand-drawn hearts, enhanced with red and gold, reads: So here two hearts wounded with love/Which to one centre both do move/Love is the cause of both their pain/True love will meet them both again/These hearts move nearer by degrees,/Not circle by friends nor Feard by foos/Tis pitty such should ever part/Lovers so near approach in heart/Repose our trust in God above/And to each other constant prove/Your hearts at last will find content/As the next doth represent/Whatsoever hurt the one it kills the other/Like twins so they have love with one another/Cupid has wounds as doth appear/Unfold they approach more near.
Handicraft; Hearts (Symbols); Paper craft; Valentines; Verses (Poetry)
32.5 x 10
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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