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Saying it

Feb 13, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck

There's just a day between us and Valentine's Day 2012. Feb. 14 is the day we set aside this year for the consideration and demonstration of love. It's one of the best things we human beings are capable of, this love stuff.

Part of the manifestation of that capability is the word. Through our language, we can give added life to the stuff of love -- and lord knows we try.

From a love note to a poem, from a line in a movie to a lyric set to music, some of the most brilliant among us have used words to try to get a handle on the feelings of love for a long, long time now.

Bright are the stars that shine

Dark is the sky

I know this love of mine

Will never die

And I love her

-- the Beatles

Fly me to the moon

Let me sing among those stars

Let me see what spring is like

On Jupiter and Mars

In other words, please be true

In other words, I love you

-- Frank Sinatra

The Beatles sang their song in 1964. Sinatra swung through his unforgettable take on "Fly Me to the Moon" that same year. Each was a hit.

Here's another hit on the same topic. It's been more than two full centuries since it was written, but the contention here is that it's never been surpassed. The year was 1794. The poet was the Scotsman Robert Burns:

My love is like a red red rose

That's newly sprung in June;

My love is like the melodie

That's sweetly play'd in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in love am I;

And I will love thee still, my dear,

Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun:

And I will love thee still, my dear,

While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love

And fare thee weel, a while!

And I will come again, my love,

Tho' it were ten thousand mile.

Few, if any, among us could match this effort, or those which preceded it in this space. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Find someone this Valentine's Day, and say it your way.

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