Thursday, February 3, 2011

Who wrote - "Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amor! but give me none back for they set my blood on fire."


Napoleon did! Who knew the fearless emperor had it in him? I guess he was passionate about love as he was about war. Here is a love letter he sent to his future wife Josephine...

Paris, December 1795



I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?... My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives!

6 comments:

Allie Boniface said...

Ah yes...don't you just swoon over love letters?

Taryn Kincaid said...

There was a reason they called him Boney, I guess.

JL Walters said...

Love letters are great. Does help if the writer has legible handwriting

jenniferprobst said...

Oh, love it, love it, love it. Perfect post for the month of Valentine's Day. Nothing like a good old fashioned love letter.

Cate Masters said...

Passionate love letters are a lost art. Loved this!

Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by Cate - on Tuesday I'll be using one from Nelson Mandela!