Bed of roses

Bed of roses

[
James Gillray caricatured Charles James Fox in the last few months of his life, which were neither easy nor peaceful.] Bed of roses is an English expression, which means an easy and peaceful life. Most likely based on a rose representing happiness and love, so a bed of roses would represent a very happy life, e.g., "Just because you sleep on a bed of roses," meaning "Just because you've got an easy life."

The expression is from a line in Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love". This was published posthumously in 1599; Marlowe died in 1593.

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

In popular culture

*"Bed of Roses"—A 1996 romance film
*"Bed of Roses (song - R Wilson / E O'Brien / J Pullicino)"—A 1989 Mondo Rock (Ross Wilson) song
*"Bed of Roses (song - J Bon Jovi)"—A 1993 Bon Jovi song
*"Bed of Rose's"—A 1971 Statler Brothers song
*"Bed of Roses (1933 film)"—A 1933 comedy film
*"Bed of Roses"—A song by Mindless Self Indulgence
* "Bed of Roses (TV series)"—A 2008 Australian television drama series


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