― 'Roses are red, violets are blue, ∙ Sugar is sweet and so are you.' ∙ I bet we've all sent or received a Valentine's card at some time in our life with that verse in it - or at least some variation of it. It's a very popular little rhyme, but did you know that its origins have been traced back as far as 1590 to Edmund Spenser's 'The Faerie Queene'? ∙ 'She bath'd with roses red and violets blew ∙ And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forest grew.' ∙ (All [...].