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 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!
- 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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