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Puzzle Purse Valentine Card

1790

The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum

Watercolour, pen and ink puzzle card.
Handmade.

Message shown around edge when card is folded to show central red heart: 'My Dear the heart which you behold/ Will break when you the same unfold/ Even so my heart with love sick pain/ Sure wounded is and breaks in twain'.

Other messages are revealed when the sheet is fully opened, written at 90 degree rotations around the sheet of paper: '1st/ My dearest dear and blest divine/ I've pictured here thy heart and mine/ But Cupid with his fatal dart/ hath deeply wounded my poor heart/ And has betwixt us set a cross/ Which makes me lament my loss/ But now I hope when this is gone/ That our two hearts will join in one'. and '1st/ You are my dear the girl and only maid/ That wholy [sic] hath my yielding heart betray'd/ The thoughts of you are always in my mind/ So be not cruel nor prove to me unkind/2nd/ For never will my heart have any ease/ Untill [sic] our two hearts are joind [sic] & link'd like these/ My meaning is in matrimony Joy/ Which to for fear my happiness destroy/ 3rd/ If you deny my loving bride to be/ you then bereave me of my felicity/ By reasons of the troubles of my mind/ I yet may care and yet no comfort find/ 4th/ So then pale Death must be my fatal friend/ And bring my grief and sorrow to an End/ After a mournfull [sic] time of sad despair/ Occasioned by the frowns of you my dear'.

There is a message in the centre when the paper is unfolded: 'In this inside sweet Turtle Dove/ I've wrote a moral of my love/ To thou my dear and only Joy/ Requite me now and be not coy/ Banish my rivals from your sight/ And with your love now me requite/ Cupid's my guide and does my hand di-rect/ To write to you whom I so much respect/ You are my dear, the centre of my Joy/ It's your absence my happiness destroy/ It's you alone to whom I now do write/ That charms my heart and ravishes my sight/ So now the powers of envy can't pretend/ To say that I false stories to you send'.

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  • Title: Puzzle Purse Valentine Card
  • Date Created: 1790

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