Once in the morning when the breeze Set all the leaves astir, And music floated from the trees As from a dulcimer, I saw the roses, one by one, Bow gracefully, as though A fairy dance were just begun Upon the ground below. The lilies white beside the walk, Like ladies fair and tall Together joined in whispered talk About [the]1 fairies' ball. The slender grasses waved along The garden path, and I Could almost hear the fairies' song When blew the light wind by. I waited there till noon to hear The elfin music sweet; I saw the servant bees appear In golden jackets neat; And though I wished just once to see The happy little elves, They were so much afraid of me They never showed themselves!
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- by Frank Dempster Sherman (1860 - 1916), "The fairies' dance", appears in Little-folk Lyrics [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "The fairies' dance", 1920, published 1925, from Three Songs of Fantasy, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
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