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Lay for the Day
14th February


The Hospital for Sick Children on Great Ormond Street in London opened on Valentine's Day of 1852. Their first patient was a two-year-old called George Parr.


Valentine

Whatever flowers come on the dark wood
come up from where no light ever shone,
from the shunning root,
from heartwood,
to breathe air and rejoice in the sun
the more for being born where there are none.


John Gibbens
from Becoming Light

 

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