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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads?
 
Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797–1839)
 
 
OH! where do fairies hide their heads
  When snow lies on the hills,
When frost has spoil’d their mossy beds,
  And crystalliz’d their rills?
Beneath the moon they cannot trip        5
  In circles o’er the plain;
And draughts of dew they cannot sip
  Till green leaves come again.
 
Perhaps, in small, blue diving-bells,
  They plunge beneath the waves,        10
Inhabiting the wreathed shells
  That lie in coral caves;
Perhaps, in red Vesuvius,
  Carousals they maintain;
And cheer their little spirits thus,        15
  Till green leaves come again.
 
When they return there will be mirth,
  And music in the air,
And fairy wings upon the earth,
  And mischief everywhere.        20
The maids, to keep the elves aloof,
  Will bar the doors in vain;
No key-hole will be fairy-proof,
  When green leaves come again.
 

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