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Post 1


Les Miserables was published in 1862. The original author of this article should be ashamed of himself for getting it wrong. (And I am.)

Also, as an addition, here's the lines from the original French

Les bleuets sont bleus, les roses sont roses,
Les bleuets sont bleus, j'aime mes amours.

And the citation:
Les Miserables, Volume: One, Book: Seven, Chapter: Six


Post 2


I am fully depressed that I have discovered this, but the truth must out. Here's an English nursery rhyme from an 18th century collection, a full 80 years before Les Miserables:

The Lady's Song in Leap Year
(a nursery rhyme from Gammer Gurton's Garland, 1783)

Roses are red
Lavender's blue
If you will have me
I will have you.

Lillies are white
Rosemary's green
When you are King
I will be Queen

Call up your men
Set them to work
Some to the plough'
Some to the cart

Some to make hay
Some to cut corn
Whilst you and I
Keep the bed warm.

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