In the 20's and 30's, and before, little girls, and sometimes boys, would have an "Autograph Book" ready for a visitor to pen a rhyme or inspiring saying for their collection.
Thus the rhyme:
Roses are red, Violets are blue/Honey is sweet/ And so are you.
The visitor may put his own ending, like: If you were any closer/ I'd come to visit you.
God bless you from the mountains.
God bless you from the sea.
God bless you from the footpath
That brings you home to me.
I wish thee health, I wish thee wealth.
I wish thee peace in store.
I wish thee heaven after death,
What could I wish thee more?
When the golden sun is setting
And your path on earth you've trod,
May your name in gold be written
In the autograph of God.
Love many/Trust few/Always paddle your own canoe.
When you and George meet by the gate,
Maybe love is blind, but the neighbours ain't.
Some may pen a hymn verse or Bible verse:
Your hope is built on nothing less/ Than Jesus' blood and righteousnes.
Usually some silly one's were written also:
First comes love/Then comes marriage/ Then comes Suzie with a baby carriage.
If all the boys lived across the sea/ Judy, Judy, what a swimmer you'd be.
Little joys in the farmhouse before radio and TV.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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