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 Fairies,Fairing (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fairies
 
are the dispossessed spirits which once inhabited human bodies, but are not yet meet to dwell with the “saints in light.”   1
       
“All those airy shapes you now behold
Were human bodies once, and clothed with earthly mould;
Our souls, not yet prepared for upper light,
Till doomsday wander in the shades of night.”
       
Dryden: The Flower and the Leaf.
 


 Fairies,Fairing (A). 

 
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