For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that the first place I stop at when we go for a walk around Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, is the Fairy Garden. It is to the left of the Visitor Center as you step out their door into the garden.
"Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame."
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894.
"Fairies glitter my heart with giggles."
"The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world."
~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite~
"If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower."
"The little Plumpuppets are fairies of beds;
They have nothing to do but watch sleepyheads;
They turn down the sheets and they tuck you in tight,
And dance on your pillow to wish you good night."
"When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl."
~James Matthew Barrie - Peter Pan~
"Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place."
~William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream~
"It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so."
~Charles de Lint~
"When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, Take a cherry
Mine are sounder, Mine are rounder
Mine are sweeter, For the eater
When the dews fall. And you'll be fairies all."
~Robert Graves - "Cherry-Time," Fairies and Fusiliers - 1918~
"Soft moss a downy pillow makes,
And green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest and
Sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby,
The firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright,
Sleep, Fairies all, Good Night."
~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"