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Symbolism of Violets December 4, 2007

Posted by Kim Crow in : Twelfth Night , add a comment

A violet was a symbol for faithfulness, fidelity and constancy in love. The Shakespeare Garden by Esther Singleton offers an excerpt from the poem “A Nosegay always Sweet for Lovers to send Tokens of Love at New Year’s tide, of Fairings, as they in their minds shall be disposed to write” first published 1566:

Violet is for faithfulness,
     Which in me shall abide;
Hoping likewise that in your heart
     You will not let it slide,
And will continue in the same,
     As you have now begun;
And then forever to abide
     Then You My Heart Have Won.

Shakespeare’s Peddler explains that violets represent humility, innocence, modesty in needlework samples.