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I’d Be a Fairy
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(published by S.T. Gordon, N.Y., 1863)
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In the cheerful days of spring,
Days bright and airy,
Oft in mirthful glee I sing I’d be a fairy!
I’d be a fairy, to sport with the wint’ry storms,
To fly on the winds, never fearful of alarms,
Coquetting ’mid birds and cheering melody:
I’d be a fairy sportive and free!
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When the world with rudeness frowns,
 Or fortune’s contrary,
 Far beyond earth’s chilling bounds, I’d be a fairy!
 I’d be a fairy when midsummer breezes play,
 And roaming in gladness to greet the dawn of day,
 O’er meadows and streams above the land and sea:
 I’d be a fairy joyous and free!
   
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