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If you will come and stay with us
You shall not want for ease;
We’ll swing you on a cobweb
Between the forest trees.
And twenty little singing birds
Upon a flowering thorn
Shall hush you every evening
And wake you every morn.

If you will come and stay with us
You need not miss your school,
A learned toad shall teach you,
High-perched upon his stool.
And he will tell you many things
That none but fairies know—
The way the wind goes wandering,
And how the daisies grow.

If you will come and stay with us
You shall not lack, my dear,
The finest fairy raiment,
The best of fairy cheer.
We’ll send a million glow-worms out,
And slender chains of light
Shall make a shining pathway—
Then why not come to-night?

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The Editor’s Preface

I’m so pleased to bring this volume to market. These are some of my favorite poems. I fell in love with them when I was a young girl, long, long ago.

And I love them still.

I’m an editor now and as I read these poems over now, I see some lines I would have edited, if I had been asked my opinion. But since I was not asked, I have not tinkered. Because I am not only an editor; I’m a writer as well. And as a writer, I have a great deal of respect for authors and their rights to retain their own voices.

Since I am not, however, an artist I have had no compunction over manipulating the art in the book. I stretched and cut and tucked and even, in a few instances, painted over the pictures in this book. I just tinkered a little, adding a small fairy here or there where one was wanted. Well . . . okay. In one instance I admit . . .  I added a bus. (may the poor artist forgive me).

I also flipped images to suit myself. For fun, when I flipped images, I left the artists’ signatures intact—backwards.

I hope you, dear reader, will get over my poor treatment of the art and will love the words and the pictures they paint as much as I did and do. Rose Fyleman scattered her thoughts into the world like so much dandelion fuzz, and here they have landed, over a century later, in your lap. Lucky, lucky you. I trust the faithful fairies will point from their world to things that are of value in our world.

Product Details:

Paperback: 65 pages
Publisher: Paraklesis Press (February 14, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947446029
ISBN-13: 978-1947446021
Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches

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Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × .2 × 10 in
Fairies and Chimineys

color, black and white


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