The Fairies by William Allingham


  Up the airy mountain,
    Down the rushy glen,
  We daren't go a-hunting
    For fear of little men.
  Wee folk, good folk,
    Trooping all together;
  Green jacket, red cap,
    And white owl's feather!
  Down along the rocky shore
    Some make their home—
  They live on crispy pancakes
    Of yellow tide-foam;
  Some in the reeds
    Of the black mountain-lake,
  With frogs for their watch-dogs,
    All night awake.
  High on the hilltop
    The old King sits;
  He is now so old and gray,
    He's nigh lost his wits.
  With a bridge of white mist
    Columbkill he crosses,
  On his stately journeys
    From Slieveleague to Rosses;
  Or going up with music
    On cold starry nights,
  To sup with the Queen
    Of the gay Northern Lights.
  They stole little Bridget
    For seven years long;
  When she came down again
    Her friends were all gone.
  They took her lightly back,
    Between the night and morrow;
  They thought that she was fast asleep,
    But she was dead with sorrow.
  They have kept her ever since
    Deep within the lake,
  On a bed of flag-leaves,
    Watching till she wake.
  By the craggy hillside,
    Through the mosses bare,
  They have planted thorn-trees,
    For pleasure here and there.
  Is any man so daring
    As dig them up in spite,
  He shall find their sharpest thorns
    In his bed at night.
  Up the airy mountain,
    Down the rushy glen,
  We daren't go a-hunting
    For fear of little men.
  Wee folk, good folk,
    Trooping all together;
  Green jacket, red cap,
    And white owl's feather!