The infamous Roses Are Red rhyme is used for Valentine’s Day and declarations of love all around the world but was originally penned by Sir Edmund Spenser for his epic The Faerie Queen in 1590. The lyrics weren’t quite the same as the modern version used for Valentine’s Day, but part of a longer ode.
A slightly altered version was then published in Gammer Gurton’s Garland which is where it started to gain popularity with people and be shared as a romantic verse between lovers. It has also been translated into different languages and appears in Les Miserables as a song by Fantine.
The rhyme is now strongly associated with Valentine’s Day and declarations of love, but a shortened four-line version is typically quoted rather than the poem in full. Many people have also altered the rhyme to make new and funny versions, sealing its appeal to each new generation as they arrive.
Roses Are Red Lyrics
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.