by Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845)

A lake and a fairy boat
Language: English 
A lake and a fairy boat
To sail in the moonlight clear, -
And merrily we would float 
From the dragons that watch us here!

Thy gown should be snow-white silk,
And strings of orient pearls,
Like [gossamers]1 dipp'd in milk,
Should twine with thy raven curls!

Red rubies should deck thy hands,
And diamonds should be thy dow'r -
But Fairies have broke their wands,
And wishing has lost its pow'r!

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Warlock: "gossamer"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 72