I have an old book that belonged to my Grandmother.
To Dearest Grace with Best Wishes from A.B.
It is called The Birthday Oracle or Whom shall I Marry . Guesses at the character or appearance of your future husband or wife. Arranged for every Day in the Year with Extracts to suit both sexes.
In it my Grandmother noted the names of family or friends opposite the date and the Birthday Oracle to the words of a well known writer.
Yesterday, March 12, my name had been entered in now faded ink and that of an 81 year old Uncle.
“He is more than six feet high,
And fortunate and wise ;
He has a voice of melody,
And beautiful black eyes. -Praed
How true that was about my Uncle.
Tell me a thing she cannot dress, _
Soups,hashes pickles and pies;
Nought comes amiss, she is so wise. -Lloyd
For April 16, The Birthday of my eldest Daughter
Her dress was like the lillies,
And thy heart as pure as they.-Longfellow
May 27. My youngest daughter.
I think there has rarely been a more admirable woman.- O.W.Holmes
And that of a very good friend
His face is fair as heaven,
When Springtime buds unfold.- Blake.
May 3, my Son in Law.
He cannot even essay to walk sedate,
But in his very gait,one sees a jest,
That is ready to break out in spite of all his seeming.-Knowles.
August 14. My Father.
The proudest now is but my peer.
The highest not more high;
Today of all the weary year ,
A King of men am I. -Whittier
My own ideal Knight,
Who reverenced his conscience as a King;
Whose glory was redressing human wrongs.- Tennyson.
You may smile,but for me the oracle rings true.