I love letters. Specifically, I love Love Letters. So much so, that part of my Fiance’s proposal included a beautifully written letter, that I’ve re-read countless times. There’s something about putting pen to paper and expressing your thoughts and affections for another that’s no only beautiful, but appears to be dying. In the age of tweets and text messages, are we losing the art of handwritten expression?
I’ve taken to reading some of the Love Letters of Great Men, and I think I’ve found a favorite. We all know Beethoven for his music, but did you know he was a romantic letter-writer? I didn’t. But it turns out he wrote the line which we all now like to attribute to Sex in the City, “Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours.” Well, that about sums it up. For marriage, for spending your life with someone, for giving them your heart. Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours. And of course, it helps this was the third of three letters sent to Beethoven’s secret love (collective sigh across the blogosphere).
Here’s the letter in totality:
|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.