“Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green, When I am king, dilly dilly, you shall be queen . .” 17th century English folk song.
Put Out More Flags, the title of Evelyn Waugh’s novel (1942), comes from the saying of an anonymous Chinese sage, quoted and translated by Lin Yutang in The Importance of Living (1937).
“Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn, And liquid amber drop from every thorn”.
Alexander Pope 1709