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Fairy Stories Every Child Should Know by  Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora Archibald Smith


 

 

Front Matter

Fairy Stories Every Child Should Know

Front Matter



[Book Cover]


[Frontispiece]


[Title Page]


[Copyright Notice]


[Acknowledgments]


[Acknowledgments (continued)]


[Contents]


[Contents (continued)]


[Illustrations]


Throned on a grassy knoll, I watch

The elfin host come trooping by,

And hear the whir of fairy wings,

The goblin voices, shrill and high.

Behind them glides a magic train

Of Kings and Princes, armor-clad,

And serving as their squires bold

Boots, Ashiepattle, Cinderlad.

With silken rustle, flash of gem,

Queen and Czaritsa sweep along,

While red-capped Troll and rainbow Sprite

Peep out amid enchanted throng.


Ting-ling, ting-ling, how sweet the ring,

Like golden bells, of fairy laughter;

Rap-tap, rap-tap, how sharp the clap

Of fairy footfalls following after!


Where witch-grass grows and fern-seed lies,

A Fairy Ring is dimly seen;

And there a glitt'ring host is met

To dance upon the moonlit green.

Riquet, the Tufted, lightly turns

The Fair One with the Golden Hair;

And Prince Desire and Mignonette

Form yet another graceful pair.

Tall as a tower stands Galifron;

The Desert Fay, with snakes bedight,

First pirouettes with him and then

With wee Tom Thumb, King Arthur's Knight.


Ting-ling, ting-ling, how sweet the ring,

Like golden bells, of fairy laughter;

Rap-tap, rap-tap, how sharp the clap

Of fairy footfalls following after!


Sweet, unseen harpers harp and sing,

Faint elfin horns the air repeat;

Rapunzel shakes her shining braids,

The White Cat trips with velvet feet.

Rose-red, Snow-white, the faithful Bear,

Cross hands with gallant Percinet;

While Tattercoats, in turn, salutes

Yvon, the Fearless, and Finette.

— But hark! The cock begins to crow;

The darkness turns to day, and look!

The fairy dancers whirl within

The crimson covers of this book!


  NORA ARCHIBALD SMITH

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