The Colour

(The following lines are partly original, partly remembered from a Wessex folk-rhyme)

" What shall I bring you?
Please will white do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" — White is for weddings,
Weddings, weddings,
White is for weddings,
And that won't do."

" What shall I bring you?
Please will red do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" — Red is for soldiers,
Soldiers, soldiers,
Red is for soldiers,
And that won't do."

" What shall I bring you?
Please will blue do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" — Blue is for sailors,
Sailors, sailors,
Blue is for sailors,
And that won't do."

" What shall I bring you
Then? Will black do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" — Black is for mourning,
Mourning, mourning,
Black is for mourning,
And black will do."
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