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 Fairservice (Andrew).Fairy Darts. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fairy
 
of nursery mythology is the personification of Providence. The good ones are called fairies, elves, elle-folks, and fays; the evil ones are urchins, ouphes, ell-maids, and ell-women.   1
       
“Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
You moonshine revellers, and shades of night,
You ouphen-heirs of fixëd destiny,
Attend your office.”
       
Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, v. 5.
   The dress of the fairies. They wear a red conical cap; a mantle of green cloth, inlaid with wild flowers; green pantaloons, buttoned with bobs of silk; and silver shoon. They carry quivers of adder-slough, and bows made of the ribs of a man buried where “three lairds’ lands meet;” their arrows are made of bog-reed, tipped with white flints, and dipped in the dew of hemlock; they ride on steeds whose hoofs would not “dash the dew from the cup of a harebell.” (Cromek.)   2
       
“Fairies small, two foot tall,
With caps red on their head.”
       
Dodsley’s Old Plays: Fuimus Troës, i. 5.
 


 Fairservice (Andrew).Fairy Darts. 

 
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