Front Cover
 Front Matter
 That Night, When Slumber Closed...
 Title Page
 Fairy Mary's Dream
 Back Matter
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Title: Fairy Mary's dream
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Title: Fairy Mary's dream
Physical Description: 30, 2 p., 7 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: A. F. L
Fawcett, B ( Printer )
Groombridge and Sons ( Publisher )
Publisher: Groombridge and Sons
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: B. Fawcett
Publication Date: 1870
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Pride and vanity -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Dreams -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Butterflies -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Allegories -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1870
Genre: Allegories   ( rbgenr )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
England -- Driffield
Statement of Responsibility: by A.F.L. ; with illustrations by the author.
General Note: Plates are printed in colors and are enclosed in a decorative gold border.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00024834
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002223983
notis - ALG4240
oclc - 57389906
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    That Night, When Slumber Closed Her Eyes
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    Fairy Mary's Dream
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FAIRY M3ARY'S DREAinM.To envy me my graceful mien,And dress of rainbow hue,So dazzling in the sunny sheen,As gaily round I flew.For like the beauteous evening skyMy wings should painted be,With tints of every hue and dyeIn perfect harmony.From work and school, and tiresome book,I long to fly away,O'er hill and dale, and lake and brook,Green wood and meadow gay.Thus all day long I'd sport and roamWhere'er my fancy led;The sky's broad canopy my home,A lily's cup my bed.4

a<That night, when slumber closed her eyes,In fancy she was queenOf all the lovely butterflies,The fairest ever seen.She hover'd o'er a streamlet clear,And there with pride survey'dHer mirror'd image bright appear,In every tint array'd.s

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.And long she loiter'd there to seeEach varied hue and grace,A willing slave to vanity,Which bound her to the place.Now all along that crystal streamA vicious dragon-flyOn swiftest wings did brightly gleam,Like meteor through the sky.And every insect, filled with fear,Flew trembling from his sight,As timid birds soon disappearWhen goshawk takes his flight.And when he saw Miss ButterflySo calmly soaring there,Dread anger brighten'd in his eye,And swift he cleft the air.6

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FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.And rudely thus accosted her,In accents shrill and fierce:"Come, quit this place, vain loiterer,Or quickly I will pierceThose gaudy painted tinsel wingsOf yours, you idle fly,Such vulgar, vain, and clumsy thingsWere made but to destroy.Then quick begone, Miss Vanity,Nor longer trespass here,Or soon the rolling stream will beYour winding-sheet and bier."Surprised at what she heard, and vex'd,Yet trembling neath his eye,Miss Butterfly was so perplexedShe knew not where to fly.7

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Nor cared she, if by any chanceShe only could eludeThis fearful foe, whose fiery glanceWith malice seem'd imbued.In vain she winged her swiftest flight;The dragon-fly with easeStill darted round like ray of light,Her terror to increase.For wildly leering in her face,He dreadful stories told,Of foolish flies who sought that placeTheir image to behold,And found within its deadly tideAn unexpected fate;Where, shark-like, noiseless fishes glide,And for such prey await.8

"And such, vain silly fly," said' he,"Will be your fate of pain,If e'er across this stream IseeYour idle form again."Then swift as light he sped away,And soon was lost to view;Whilst onward in her wild dismay,Miss Butterfly still flew.Nor thought had she to stay her flight,Nor respite knew from fear,Till distance banished from her sightThat tempting. streamlet clear.9

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Then deep within a shady wood,Where twilight reigns all day,With slower flight, in calmer mood,She took her noiseless way.Till on a green fern's nodding crestShe slowly settled down,And tried to calm her troubled breast,And all her fears to drown.The quiet of that lonely placeLull'd every sense of pain;And in a short and fleeting spaceShe felt quite calm again.And then she made a vow sincereShe never more would strayBy glassy stream, or lake, or mere,Henceforward from that day.10


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FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.When thus to sleep, within her breast,Each fluttering fear was laid,King Vanity, a welcome guest,Once more his sceptre sway'd.Then fondly, proudly, glancing o'erHer wings, with look so vain,She spread them out aloft to soarFrom out that wood again.She thought to seek a scene more bright,Where golden sunbeams play'd,And there, more dazzling in the light,To see each charm display'd;But blinded by her vain desire,Incautiously she flew,And once again misfortune direIts mantle round her drew.11

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.For caught. within a spider's snare,A web' of subtle strings,She hung suspended in the air,.A captive by her..wings. .And all her strength seem'd vain to breakThe meshes of that net,Whilst every effort did but makeHer case more hopeless yet.Till weary from exertion grownShe"lay in: sorry plight,For hope away again had flown,And turned her day to night.But when the spider from his lairCrept forth to seize his prize,Convulsed -by fear and dread despair,She strove again to rise.12

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.She saw the cruel venom swellWithin his hungry fangs,And felt his eyes upon her dwellWith pleasure in her pangs.And so her strength, by fear recall'd,Restored her prostrate frame,Till back the spider shrank appall'd,And sought his lair again.She wildly strove, yet strove in vain,To tear herself away,Those subtle threads withstood each strain,And filled her with dismay.And there, perchance, she would have laid,The spider's prize to be,If fortune had not lent its aidHer helpless form to free.13

A humble-bee, of burly size,Was loudly buzzing by,Who saw with quick and willing eyesThis poor misguided fly;And being once himself beset,And chafed and sorely triedWithin a strong unyielding net,That all his strength defied,He vow'd, when he at length was free,To lend his willing aidTo such as chanced, like him, to beSo helplessly waylaid.14

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FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Then straight he flew like valiant knight,Right at the spider's snare,Which soon in shreds flew left and right,Upon the buoyant air.And from its toils Miss ButterflyWas thus again set free;Nor failed to thank, with grateful joy,The brave and gallant bee.Once more upon the green fern's crest,Exhausted there she stood;Pride humbled in her weary breast,And in a serious mood.She thought if thus at every turnSuch dangers cross'd her way,How much of grief she had to learn,How much of wild dismay.15

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM..And almost wished she were againA little mortal child,;With friends to soothe her slightest pain,By loving words so mild.But as she felt her strength return,Pride drove these thoughts away;Alas!' she yet had much to learn,Ere reason held its sway.She thought if once outside that place,So full of artful snares,She'd dwell in gardens decked with grace,And end her anxious cares.Once more she rose upon the air,More cautious in her flight,And, mounting upwards, pass'd each snare,And gladly hail'd the light.

The big red sun was setting low,In misty robes of grey;The evening sky was all aglowWith colours bright and gay.The rooks were flying round the wood,Ere settling down to rest;And owls and bats, night's darker brood,Were leaving each their nest.17

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Sly reynard, too, was stealing out,On deeds of mischief bent;And wide-mouthed wheel-bird flew about,With similar intent;For when he saw Miss ButterflySoar from her hiding-place,He uttered loud his jarring cry,And quickly then gave chase.And then she felt a thrill of painSo chilling through her blood,That back she quickly sought againThe shelter of the wood.Whilst wheel-bird in his hasty flight,With long and wiry beardJust grazed her wings as from his sightShe quickly disappear'd.18

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FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Around he flew, and jarring cried,And blam'd his luckless aim;Then vow'd the next fly he espiedShould be more certain game.From branch to branch Miss ButterflyWent feebly fluttering round,Until with anxious searching eyeA hiding-place she found.Within a bird's forsaken nestShe gladly did alight,And there securely thought to restAll through the lonely night.19

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.All through the long dark night she layWithin this hiding-place,Nor left it till the light of dayShone brightly in her face.Then cautiously she ventured outUpon a trembling leaf,And, looking fearfully about,She felt no slight reliefTo see her way from danger free,No snare or foe was nigh;Then up again she soared with glee,Beneath the bright blue sky.From woodland shade then straight awayShe winged her speedy flightO'er barren heath and meadows gay,Nor stay'd once to alight20

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Until a mansion met her gazeUpon the distant height,Whose gardens gay were all ablazeWith lovely flowerets bright.From bed to bed she flew around,More pleased at every turn,To think at last she there had foundA peaceful happy bourne.21

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.She thought this maze of gorgeous flowersA paradise must be,Of sunny joys and golden hours,Untinged by misery.So on a lily's chalice thenShe calmly did alight,Well pleased to think the haunts of menShould yield such pure delight.There princes grand, and nobles gay,Upon her charms would gaze,Admiring all their rich arrayWith envy and amaze.While thus she mused twro children drewIn gambols near the place,And when she burst upoin their viewBright joy lit up each face.22



FAIRY MARY S DREAM.Then lost in wonder and surprise,They stood afraid to move;And thought of all the butterfliesIn garden, field, or grove,This was the fairest they had seen,Most perfect in each grace;In fact, she must be peerless queenOf all her lovely race.A moment thus they musing stood,And gazed with wondering eyes;Then thought the boy, in envious mood,'T would be a glorious prize.If placed within. my cabinetIts radiant form would shineThe brightest gem in- all the set,The peer of a peerless line.23

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Beside the Purple EmperorShould be her fitting place;And Peacock proud should yield to her,And seek a lower case.Whilst big and little Tortoiseshell,And Admirals red and white,And belle as well from Camberwell,Should fade before her sight.Thus thinking, then he raised on highHis broad-brimm'd hollow hat,Until 'twas fair above Miss Fly,Who still unconscious sat,Then down he drew it with a shockThat sent her tumbling o'er,Just like a fluttering shuttlecockHit from a battledoor.24

FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.From leaf to leaf she quivering fell,And scarce had reached the ground,Ere, like a captive in a cell,In darkness she was found,Between the boy's close-fitting hands,Which shut out every chance;Far worse, she thought, than spider's bands,Or dragon's fiery glance.She felt herself borne on and on,So swiftly through the air;And, thinking every hope was gone,She trembled in despair.But as we wake with sudden startFrom out a troublous dream,And gladly see its gloom depart'Fore reason's sunny beam,-25

So, once again, Miss ButterflyWith joy was pleased to seeThe sunny beams of freedom's skyBreak her captivity.The boy in eager haste had run,With laughing gleeful eyes,To show papa and every oneHis splendid new-made prize.26

FAtKY MARY' S DREAM.When, just as he had reached the door,His pet Italian houndCame bounding out, and toss'd him o'er,Upon the gravelly ground.His hands flew open as he fell,And, favoured by this chance,Miss Butterfly broke from her cell,And, with an anxious glance,She quickly rose on buoyant wing,And mounted far on high,The helpless prey of everything,Oh! whither must she fly?She blindly flew she knew not where,And scarcely look'd to see;Her only hope, her only care,That she might still be free.27

Just then she saw a great balloonCome floating through the air,And this she thought might bear her soonAway from every care.Away from every cause of fear,From dragon, bird, and boy;Away to some more peaceful sphereOf happiness and joy.She thought perchance 'twould journey onTo sun, or moon, or star;So gladly took her place uponThe outside of the car.28

FAIRY MARY S DREAM.Then look'd below to bid adieuTo every well-known scene;For all now lay beneath her view,Each place where she had been.The distant stream seem'd to her eyeBut like a silver string,The mansion like a tiny toy,The wood like bed of ling.The mountains seem'd but like the hillsWhere busy emmets dwell;The rivers were but like the rillsThat run through fairy dell.She watched them slowly one by oneGrow less, then fade away;Till like a ball, or monster sun,The earth beneath her lay.29

FAIRY MAR.Y S I)IEAM.And then it vanished, oh! so soon,As if beneath a shroud,For suddenly the big balloonWas buried in a cloud.The cloud was dense, and wet, and cold:She wished herself below.Then, senseless growing, lost her hold,And fell like flake of snow.She downward fell, and could not tellHow far she had to fall;Like helpless lamb that seeks its dam,So she for help did call.And like that fly in agony,The maiden, with a scream,Sat up in bed, and wondering said,Oh! was it all a dream?30

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FAIRY MARY'S DREAM.Oh! yes, it was a dream, dear maid,A passing spirit sweetly said;But may it teach you that your state,Though humble, may be very great,And if you read the dream's intent,You '11 cheerful strive and live content.



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