Rudolfo Valentino one dark day
Gave up his heart and soul for loving cause,
For he had blessed in marriage men to save
From wars devised by cruel Claudius.
Alone, attended by his jailers daughter
He cured the blindness she had borne from birth,
Perhaps that she might stay the coming slaughter,
And he sustain his godly work on earth.
This miracle did not persuade his captors,
His death was set the morrow after dawn;
That eve he gave sweet Julia a letter—
The content signed by Valentine there on.
The image of that note lives on in time;
Blood red of heart shines every Valentine.
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