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!
- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "I'd be a fairy" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "I'd be a fairy", published 1863. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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