"Many versions of this rhyme exist. Here's the one I grew up reciting in New York. I remember reciting it as a kid on Valentine's Day." -Mama Lisa

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Notes

Here's another version from A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green:

The rose is red,
The violet's blue,
Pinks are sweet,
And so are you.

Here's a slightly different version from The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book, illustrated by Walter Crane:

The rose is red; the Violet's blue
The pink is sweet; & so are you.

Here's a version that's not so nice:

The rose is red,
The violet's blue,
The grass is green,
And so are you.

Here's a version from Denslow's Mother Goose (1901):

The rose is red,
The violet's blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.

Here's one from "Favorite Nursery Rhymes" (1906), illustrated by Ethel Franklin Betts:

The rose is red, the violet blue;
Sugar is sweet""and so are you.
These are the words you bade me say
For a pair of new gloves on Easter day.

Here's one from Songs for the Nursery (circa 1806):

The rose is red, the violet blue,
The gilly-flower sweet, and so are you.
These are the words you bade me say
For a pair of new gloves on Easter-day.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

This nursery rhyme can be found in A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green. The illustration can be found in The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes (circa 1920) edited by Walter Jerrold (1865 - 1929) and illustrated by Charles Robinson (Lisa Yannucci did some graphical editing on it).

The 2nd illustration is from The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book, illustrated by Walter Crane.

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