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Lovely Words - A Historic Lesson

The Fiancé and I are planning to write our own vows and, being that I'm anal, obsessed and myself, I'm beginning my research now.  I decided that my first stop should be the classics - the hopeless romantics in literature who have penned the world's most beautiful words. (I am dramatic.) So, I checked out Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Browning, Lord Byron, Nathanial Hawthorne, ya know.  I had no idea that the most romantic words ever written would be authored by none other than the musical genius, Ludwig von Beethoven.  


According to what I came across, after Beethoven died at age 57, secret love letters were found among his possessions.  These letters pen reference to his Immortal Beloved and scholars can only speculate to whom these notes were intended.  Below is the third letter - my favorite, but you can read all of them in context at Ludgwig von Beethoven





The Third Letter
  Good morning, on July 7

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us - I can live only wholly with you or not at all - Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits - Yes, unhappily it must be so - You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart - never - never - Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life - Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men - At my age I need a steady, quiet life - can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day - therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once - Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together - 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

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