“Roses are Red”


"Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you."


Granger's Indes to Poetry credits this to Mother Goose, but I do not know which edition first contained it. Except for Henry, I have seen no evidence that it is a song and not simply a rhyme. Nonetheless I learned it, somewhere, so I suppose it's traditional in some degree. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 238, (no title) (1 short text: "Roses red, violets blue, cucumbers green and so are you"!); p. 243 (no title) (1 short text)
  2. BI, MHAp238A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: (before 1934 -- cf. Henry)
Keywords: nonballad flowers
Found in: US(Ap)