Birthstone Poem

By her who in this month (January) is born

No gem save garnets should be worn;

They will ensure her constancy,

True friendship, and fidelity.

 

The February-born shall find

Sincerity and peace of mind,

Freedom from passion and from care,

If they an amethyst will wear.

 

Who in this world of ours their eyes

In March first open shall be wise,

In days of peril firm and brave,

And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

 

She who from April dates her years,

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow; this stone,

Emblem of innocence, is known.

 

Who first beholds the light of day

In spring's sweet flowery month of May

And wears an emerald all her life

Shall be a loved and happy wife.

 

Who comes with summer to this earth,

And owes to June her hour of birth,

With ring of agate on her hand

Can health, wealth, and long life command.

 

The glowing  ruby  shall adorn,

Those who in July are born;

Then they'll be exempt and free

From love's doubts and anxiety.

 

Wear a  sardonyx  or for thee,

No conjugal felicity;

The August-born without this stone,

`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

 

A maiden born when September leaves

Are rustling in September's breeze,

A sapphire on her brow should bind

`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

 

October's child is born for woe,

And life's vicissitudes must know,

But lay an opal on her breast,

And hope will lull those woes to rest.

 

Who first comes to this world below

With drear November's fog and snow,

Should prize the topaz's amber hue,

Emblem of friends and lovers true.

 

If cold December gave you birth,

The month of snow and ice and mirth,

Place on your hand a turquoise blue;

Success will bless whate'er you do.

 

— Gregorian Birthstone Poems

 

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