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The Message of the Violet

Lyrics by Frank Pixley

Music by Gustav Luders

New York: M. Witmark & Sons (1902)

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[Verse 1]

The rose’s lips are warm and red
And burning with desire
Her heart and soul are all aflame with passion’s glowing fire
But if you touch her have a care she’s thick with thorns beset
And nature when she breather of love speaks thorugh the violet


I bring a breath of springtime from woodlands where I grew.
There’s a kiss upon each petal my lips are sweet with dew
The one who sends this message would whiper soft to you
I love you, love you, love you and my heart’s true blue.

[Verse 2]

The lilly’s lips are chaste and pure
Without a touch of fire
She coldly says the mind should rule and chills the herat’s desire
Take both the lilly and the rose extremems oft bring regret
Give me the lowly flow’r of love the modest violet



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