Scrambled Quotation

Letters in the sentence "Roses are red, violets are blue" are scrambled by the following procedure. The words are written one below the other and flush at the left:




The columns are taken from left to right and their letters from the top down, skipping all blank spaces, to produce this ordering:


The task is to find the line of poetry that, when scrambled by this procedure, becomes


Walter Penney of Greenbelt, Md., contributed this novel word problem to the February 1970 issue of Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. That lively quarterly is currently being published privately by A. Ross Eckler, Spring Valley Road, Morristown, N.J. 07960.

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