Gateway to the Classics: The Golden Ladder Book by E. Hershey Sneath
 
The Golden Ladder Book by  E. Hershey Sneath

To Mother Fairie

Good old mother Fairie,

Sitting by your fire,

Have you any little folk

You would like to hire?


I want no chubby drudges

To milk, and churn, and spin,

Nor old mid wrinkled Brownies,

With grizzly beards, and thin;


But patient little people,

With hands of busy care,

And gentle speech, mid loving hearts;

Say, have you such to spare!


They, must be very cunning

To make the future shine

Like leaves, and flowers, and strawberries,

A-growing on one vine.


Good old mother Fairie,

Since my need you know,

Tell me, have you any folk

Wise enough to go?

ALICE CARY


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