Account of St. Valentine

St Valentine was an eloquent and learned Egyptian, who professed Plato’s philosophy. He lived in the third century, and quitted his faith because an other was preferred before him to a bishoprick. He made use of dreams of certain gods; observing the birds to chase their mates about the fourteenth of February, he recommended it as a proper time for young men and maids to choose their love’s: from whence it became a custom, first in Italy, and afterwards in other places, to send compliments to one another on that day. He was a man of most admirable parts, and so famous for his love and friendship, that the custom of chusing Valentines upon his festival took its rise from thence.

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