The love letters of greats…

Dearest Lovestruckers…

Are you a fan of soppy Hallmark cards? Or text messages and tweets declaring undying affection? It is possible to show someone that you care in a thousand different ways but surely one of the most romantic ways is telling a partner that you love them by penning a love letter… letters

Seeing as it’s National Stationary Week, we decided to round up the heart-felt words of the
famous…

Napoleon Bonaparte to Joséphine de Beauharnais
“I am going to bed with my heart full of your adorable image… I cannot wait to give you proofs of my ardent love… How happy I would be if I could assist you at your undressing, the little firm white breast, the adorable face, the hair tied up in a scarf a la creole. You know that I will never forget the little visits..To live within Josephine is to live in the Elysian fields. Kisses on your mouth, your eyes, your breast, everywhere, everywhere.”

Beethoven to his “Immortal Beloved”

“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, be calm-love me-today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all-farewell. Oh continue to love me-never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”

Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
“Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to fill all the paths of my nerves which are yours.”

George H. Bush to Barbara Bush
“This should be a very easy letter to write – words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can’t possibly say all in a letter I should like to. I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you…”

Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor
“My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realise of course E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been. And how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”

Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn Henry
“But if you please to do the office of a true loyal mistress and friend, and to give up yourself body and heart to me, who will be, and have been, your most loyal servant, (if your rigour does not forbid me) I promise you that not only the name shall be given you, but also that I will take you for my only mistress, casting off all others besides you out of my thoughts and affections, and serve you only. I beseech you to give an entire answer to this my rude letter, that I may know on what and how far I may depend. And if it does not please you to answer me in writing,
appoint some place where I may have it by word of mouth, and I will go thither with all my heart. No more, for fear of tiring you.”

Should we take the time to put pen to paper more often?
Does the written word hold far more meaning, intrigue and power than a text or email?

Affectionately yours,

@lovestruck

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