by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

I'd be a fairy
Language: English 
In the cheerful days of spring, 
Day bright and airy, 
Oft in mirthful glee I sing I'd rather be a fairy! 

I'd be a fairy, to sport with wint'ry storms, 
To fly on the winds, never fearful of alarms, 
Coquetting 'mid birds and cheering melody: 
I'd be a fairy sportive and free! 

When the World with rudeness frowns, 
Or fortune's contrary, 
Far beyond earth's chilling bounds, 
I'd be a fairy! 

I'd be a fairy when mid summer breezes play, 
And roaming in gladness to greet the dawn of day, 
O'er meadows and stream above the land and sea: 
I'd be a fairy joyous and free!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-26
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