Peter John Allan

Lines composed for J.M.

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COMPOSED FOR MY DEAR LITTLE FRIEND, J. M., WHO
WISHED ME TO WRITE "ABOUT FAIRIES."

I sing of those bright little creatures
Not made of terrestrial mould,
Who play hide and seek in the moonbeams,
On wings all of emerald and gold--
Who pull the red beard of the comet,
And mimic the stars when they wink--
Or watch the old owl to the fountain,
And huddle him over the brink.

But these are the naughty young fairies,
Who won't take their parents' advice--
In summer will bathe in the water,
In winter will slide on the ice;
So some of the them perish by drowning,
And some break their legs when they slip;
And some are snapt up by the night-hawk,
And never get out of his grip.

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