Did you get red Valentine roses? Credit Robert Burns!

Did you get red Valentine roses? Credit Robert Burns!
Robert Burns.

On Valentine’s Day, did you get red, red roses? Thank the sender, of course. But for the idea, credit Robert Burns (1759-1796), whom the world thinks of as Scotland’s greatest poet — and whom Scotland (and Scottish-Americans such as your faithful, Serious correspondent) think of as the world’s greatest poet.  It was Burns who wrote

“O my luve is like a red, red rose,

That’s newly sprung in June.

O my luve is like the melodie,

That’s sweetly play’d in tune.”

— from “Johnson’s Musical Museum (1787-1796), “A Red, Red Rose.”

But that’s far from the only time Burns wrote about love in his poetry. Here’s one that brightens toasts at many a supper in honor of the poet’s birthday, Jan. 25:

“Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears

Her noblest work she classes, O:

Her prentice han’ she try’d on man,

An’ then she made the lasses, O.”

— from  “Green Grow the Rashes, O” (1787)

So if those roses have begun to fade, turn to the poems of love — and some of the best you’ll find are by Robert Burns.

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  • Roses are great but my favorite flower is tulips. And I got them! I probably should thank the Dutch?

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    That's great, Kathy. I like tulips, too -- and I can pass along the thanks, because the side of my heritage that isn't Scottish is Dutch!

  • Lovely post!
    Thought you might like this Valentine rhyme from Emily Dickinson---

    Awake ye muses nine, sing me a strain divine,
    Unwind the solemn twine, and tie my Valentine!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I do like it -- thank you! I enjoy Dickinson's work, but I keep finding gems like these I haven't read before.

  • "That's newly sprung in June." Seems about 4 month's late.
    Also seems to explain the Richard Dawson spelling of Luv.

  • In reply to jack:

    That's like one newly sprung in June -- not "that is." But you're right about the alternate spelling of love, except that Burns did it earlier. (See years in post.)

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