Valentine's “day, etc.—To-morrow is Saint,” HAMLET, iv. 5. 46. “This song alludes to the custom of the first girl seen by a man on the morning of this day being considered his Valentine or true love. . . . The custom of the different sexes choosing themselves mates on St. Valentine's Day, February 14th, the names being selected either by lots or methods of divination, is of great antiquity in England. The name so drawn was the valentine of the drawer” (HALLIWELL) .
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