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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Fancy: II. Fairies: Elves: Sprites
The Flitting of the Fairies
Jane Barlow (1857–1917)
 
From “The End of Elfintown”
*        *        *        *        *
FOR this holds true—too true, alas!
The sky that eve was clear as glass,
Yet no man saw the Faeries pass
    Where azure pathways glisten;
And true it is—too true, ay me—        5
That nevermore on lawn or lea
Shall mortal man a Faery see,
    Though long he look and listen.
 
Only the twilit woods among
A wild-winged breeze hath sometimes flung        10
Dim echoes borne from strains soft sung
    Beyond sky-reaches hollow;
Still further, fainter up the height,
Receding past the deep-zoned night—
Far chant of Fays who lead that flight,        15
    Faint call of Fays who follow.
 
 
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