Fairy Song

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I’ve had fairies on my mind a lot lately. I wasn’t expecting that my NaNo project this year would evolve into a fairy story. I only had that idea a couple days before the end. I also recently went to see the new adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I really enjoyed it! My husband didn’t know anything about it, so I’m glad he finally has some idea of what it’s about. Saoirse Ronan is a phenomenal Jo March. Anyway, I decided this month, we would go ahead and mix both those ideas for this month’s Poetry Post!

The moonlight fades from flower and tree,
    And the stars dim one by one;
    The tale is told, the song is sung,
    And the Fairy feast is done.
    The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers,
    And sings to them, soft and low.
    The early birds erelong will wake:
    ‘T is time for the Elves to go.

    O’er the sleeping earth we silently pass,
    Unseen by mortal eye,
    And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float
    Through the quiet moonlit sky;–
    For the stars’ soft eyes alone may see,
    And the flowers alone may know,
    The feasts we hold, the tales we tell:
    So ‘t is time for the Elves to go.

    From bird, and blossom, and bee,
    We learn the lessons they teach;
    And seek, by kindly deeds, to win
    A loving friend in each.
    And though unseen on earth we dwell,
    Sweet voices whisper low,
    And gentle hearts most joyously greet
    The Elves where’er they go.

    When next we meet in the Fairy dell,
    May the silver moon’s soft light
    Shine then on faces gay as now,
    And Elfin hearts as light.
    Now spread each wing, for the eastern sky
    With sunlight soon will glow.
    The morning star shall light us home:
    Farewell! for the Elves must go.

Fairy Song, Louisa May Alcott

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One thought on “Fairy Song

  1. I loved this! I wasn’t familiar with her poetry at all—this would make a beautiful lullaby! I’m constantly amazed by the breadth of your knowledge!


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