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11 x 15 inches watercolor

Roses are red, the famous Valentine’s Day inscription tells us, while violets are blue. But here, Kipling (1865-1936) – or rather, the speaker of this poem by Kipling – is sent by his sweetheart on a quest to find blue roses: Roses red and roses white Plucked I for my love’s delight. She would none of all my posies – Bade me gather her blue roses.

Gather her Blue Roses

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