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The Linnet's Wings

The Faeries by William Allingham (A Child's Song)

Up the airy mountain

Down the rushy glen,

We dare n'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 hill-top

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 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 hill-side,

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 the thornies set

In his bed at night.




Up the airy mountain

Down the rushy glen,

We dare n'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.



The Linnets Wings